As parents, we only want the best for our children. But sometimes our judgment is clouded, and our actions can actually impede our kids' progress. By nature, we want to see our children succeed, even if it means giving them a gentle nudge. Unfortunately for some parents, that nudge often turns into a huge push, and before we know it, we're actually doing things for our children that they should be doing for themselves. ... Read More
David's mother explained, "Whenever David doesn't get his way he throws himself on the floor, screams, kicks and cries incessantly. What can we do to help him overcome this behavior?"
TIP: What is David getting out of this behavior? First make sure that you are not rewarding this type of behavior, positively or negatively because both will help keep it alive. If you eventually give in to this behavior by changing your initial... Read More
Bad behavior is often an effective way to attract attention of parents. The conflicting time will probably start at the stage during her third year: tears and tantrums often go hand in hand with being two years old.
Phrasing limits in a positive way focuses on what to do, rather than what not to do. When parents and caregivers offer these positive statements, they reinforce for children what is appropriate, serve as desirable... Read More
He may have a "Baby" face, but Justin Bieber has the mouth of a sailor. The adorable teen singer had some not-so-cute things to say to the floor manager on an Australian morning show called Sunrise . Host David Koch tells the Australian media that when 16-year-old Bieber appeared on his show to perform, the floor manager instructed him on where to position himself during his performance and was told not to "f*cking touch me"... Read More
Every parent has been there. Your usually angelic (or at least moderately well behaved) child is suddenly intractable, full of rage, or even engaged in a full-blown temper tantrum. Worse, your usual discipline measures don't even make a dent in the attitude or anger. What to do?
First of all it is important to gain some modicum of control. If you can't get your child under control and you are in a public place then remove yourselves... Read More
Perhaps the most infuriating stage of parenthood is when your child reaches the time when tantrums seem to be his only means of expression. In the "terrible twos" - or threes, fours and beyond - these full-on freakouts might happen seemingly at the drop of a hat, but there are ways to deal with them and even prevent them before they happen. First, note your child's "triggers" - hunger, pain and exhaustion can make intelligent adults... Read More
It's every parent's worst nightmare -- the incessant crying that just doesn't seem to cease. For new -- and old -- parents, those crying jags can feel like they go on forever. Fits of screams that don't stop...no matter what you do. But have you really tried everything? There are some strategies that parents swear by. Although it's not the traditional rocking or singing your child to sleep, it may be what you need to once again put that... Read More