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January, 2016

Understanding naughty . . .

When your child is being difficult, he or she is not trying to be a little bundle of naughtiness. Your child is simply a person, like anyone else, with complex emotional, psychological, and physiological needs. Children, however, do not have the means to cope with these complex needs. Last week we started discussing the emotional, …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

Your child has emotional, relationship, and physical needs that feed into behaviors, so when your child is being naughty, it is important to think about what is causing the behavior. Ask yourself, “Why is this behavior occurring now?” As a parent, if you can figure out why your child is behaving in a particular way, …Continue reading

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Regression . . .

When children regress—that is, when they act younger and less mature than they really are—their behavior can trigger annoyance in parents. Usually, regression happens when children (and parents) are feeling stressed, as when a new sibling has arrived to join the family. To the older sibling, it seems that the adults give lots of attention, …Continue reading

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Let’s be realistic . . .

In reality, all parents lose their patience from time to time. As long as a child is not frightened when this happens, an angry response is unlikely to cause adverse long-term effects on the development of a child’s social and emotional brain. Most likely, when a parent loses patience, a break in the close relational …Continue reading

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