Solving Behavior Challenges

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Advice for how to deal with challenging behaviors like biting, lying, cursing, separation anxiety, or trouble sleeping.
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"I hate the baby! Why do we have to keep the baby? You love the baby more than you love me! The baby is yucky, take her back!"'Welcome to sibling rivalry. If you envisioned a big happy family...
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Can't stop yourself from dropping the f-word when you stub your toe? Did your kid just say the b-word? Here are some tips to stop cursing before it becomes a problem -- for you or your child.
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An inattentive child is a frustration all parents have dealt with. Continually having to repeat directions can be exasperating and hinder a child's progress in school. According to a study conducted...
We've all been there. And many of us still are. No matter how many times we swore (to ourselves and everyone around us) that our kids will be different, that our kids will eat everything, the inevitable...
You know kids can sometimes be aggressive, but are you prepared for your own little angel to bite, hit, growl at or push others? His behavior can be baffling, but as his parent, you have to act quickly....
Breaking a bad habit can feel unbearable. Breaking someone else's bad habit can feel downright impossible. Luckily for us, it's our job as parents! Whether it's biting or nose picking, certain...
Poodle or a preschooler, the messes and mishaps can be the same. These rule-breaking bandits wreck havoc in the backyard, the park and your living room. We interviewed Alyson Schafer, parenting expert...
Sharon Ruggieri knows that in a house full of six kids, a few carelessly thrown socks can quickly turn a clean house into a complete disaster. Tired of cleaning up after her kids' clothes and toys,...
Raising three young children is a full-time job. For Kim Delatorre, all the laughter and silliness she needs to get through the day doesn't always leave time (or energy!) to worry about teaching healthy...
You want your children to be honest, but because they lack fully developed social skills, kids' comments can sometimes be hurtful, embarrassing or reveal way too much information.  "There are things...
The icy stare.  You've seen it before. Maybe you've even given it. There's probably no place it's dished out more than a nice restaurant when a family approaches with their kids. Diners...
Part of being a parent is dealing with the inevitable bad behavior. With so many frustrating behaviors to deal with on a given day, you may feel like you're constantly at war with your child. Instead...
Is your infant crying over minor things? Is your son acting out at school? With so much talk about behavior disorders, it's normal to worry that every tantrum is a warning sign. The Centers for Disease...
"I will never let my kids get away with that!" You've probably held this attitude toward other kids' bad behaviors at some point. But now that your child is testing boundaries, you're starting to see how...
Teaching manners to children can mean anything from reminding them to say please and thank you to controlling bodily functions at the dinner table - all in the course of a few minutes! Many parents find...
Parents dread being the parent of the classroom or play group biter, but it happens and is a common developmental phase for many children. Here are some pointers...
Hearing a child lie can be very disconcerting for parents, but it is a normal part of child development. Here are some pointers to help...
Dealing with separation anxiety can be harrowing for parents. The wails and tears elicit guilt and anxiety, as parents worry about their child's emotional state.
You're trying to coax your son out the door to get to school for an important test, but he just won't go. Your daughter was invited to stay at a friend's house for a sleepover, but she wants...
When your 2-year-old throws a temper tantrum at the playground, are you ready to scream along with him? Some days, your kid's behavior can push you to your limit. But, it's important to keep your...
You ask your son to set the table, and he replies, "You set it! Why do I have to do it?" You stand your ground and insist that he sets the table or he can't have dessert. Then he hurls an...
Pesky habits may start out small, but before you know it they've grown and multiplied into annoying habits that are nearly impossible to break - unless they're tackled head on! When Sarah Pinnix...
Amanda, a Manhattan mom appears to have it all: Two cute little girls, a great husband and a job that she loves in public relations. What she doesn't have, nearly ever, is a decent night's sleep. ...
Every parent wants to raise a calm child: one who can deal with stressors, cope with challenges and manage emotions in difficult situations. According to experts, there is one primary factor that can aid...
There's always that one kid with his finger up his nose on stage during the holiday recital. You either breathe a sigh of relief because he's not yours, or you wave frantically for him to cut it...
Can't stop yourself from dropping the f-word when you stub your toe? Did your kid just say the b-word? Here are some tips to stop cursing before it becomes a problem -- for you or your child.
"Audrey took my ball!" "James won't let me use the crayons!" "Sarah stuck her tongue out at me!" You've been hearing more and more of this kind of thing lately, and you're starting to wonder -- is your...
You want your child to have an active, happy social life that's filled with friends, but it looks like your little one might not be up for the task. He shies away from social situations and has trouble...
Your little one's vocabulary is growing -- and he's showing off by interrupting every phone call, adult conversation and millisecond when your attention is not planted squarely on him. Welcome...
Your 8-month-old sucks his thumb like it's a lollipop. It's cute, but you're envisioning footing a hefty orthodontist bill some day. Should you try to get him to stop his thumb-sucking, or...
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As the mother of two girls who are only 16 months apart, Janine Huldie recognizes the benefits of her daughters having a permanent playmate, but that also means she breaks up her fair share of battles...
Aggressive Behavior Biting, crying, hitting...Understanding why children act out and knowing how to respond effectively can be challenging, especially for new parents. But it doesn't have to be. Click...
Jill Smokler has never been afraid of confessing her deepest and darkest parenting blunders (and triumphs for that matter!). As part of the Care.com Interview Series, we caught up with the Scary Mommy...
Does asking your son to brush his teeth set of an explosive outburst? Can a request to turn off the television spark a 30-minute tantrum? Kids who have explosive or frequent tantrums often test the...
You're thrilled to sign up your daughter for her first gymnastics session, but then horrified when she hasn't even placed a toe on the springy mats four classes later. Too stuck to your leg to...
No parent wants to call a child lazy, but when your son won't pick up his toys, do his homework or clean the hamster's cage, you can't think of a better description than the big "L"...
After dinner at a friend's house, you quietly instruct your 5-year-old to thank your host for a nice time. Without blinking an eye, your normally polite child crosses his arms, looks you straight...
Your adorable three-year-old princess-loving daughter wants wears rain boots all day, every day. Even at the beach, your in-laws' party, and bedtime! And any attempts to have her wear something else...
Every parent dreads the super whiner. Whether it's your child making all the noise or the kid you see every week at the park, the super whiner cranks up the pitch and volume until any adult in hearing...
Your parenting skills have just taken a hit. Your daughter's teacher calls you with a tricky situation: she saw your daughter take a classmate's lunch money. But your daughter is denying it. ...
Do you have the pop-up child? The one that you put to bed and within five minutes they have popped right out of bed with a new creative concern or plea? Many parents dream of a bedtime free of whining,...
Do you sometimes think your child has a burning desire to be in charge of the world because the bossy behavior never stops? Does your son boss around everyone from you to his friends to the family dog,...
Pride in your kids comes with the parenthood territory -- we even let others know our feelings with "My child is an honor student" bumper stickers. But it's something else when your child...
Most kids may have temper tantrums ... but that little tidbit of information probably isn't much comfort when your child is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store and other shoppers...
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