Understanding Sudden, Odd Behaviour in Your Child

When children start acting differently many parents begin to worry, and with good reason. Sudden, odd behaviour in your child could be an indication that something is very wrong in his or her world. When you notice new and confusing behaviour in your child, investigate if there could be a …

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Eliminating Your Child’s Temptations

Teaching your children good behaviour is all about showing them how to resist temptation, whether it’s to steal another biscuit, draw on the wall or squeeze out all the toothpaste just for fun. For parents it can be a lot easier, and head off a lot of unnecessary trouble and …

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The Relationship Between Diet and Behaviour

Children’s behaviour changes due to many variables including their environments, the people around them, their levels of physical health and if they are experiencing stress. Just as important, though less often investigated, is their diets. Additives and sugar in particular may have an effect on children’s behaviour, but so too …

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Questionnaire: Is Your Teenager Respectful?

Teenagers are often stereotyped as a surly bunch, so it can be hard to figure out if a young adult is choosing to act disrespectfully or if (s)he is just another typical teen. Thinking about a teen’s personality, attitudes and actions can all help adults figure out if (s)he is …

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Children and Whining

Whining sometimes comes naturally to children, much to the chagrin of most parents. Having to hear complaints, particularly when they are drawn out in a high pitched voice, accompanied by tears or whimpering, is never fun and when it carries on consistently often begins to grate on adults’ nerves. Why …

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Explaining Expectations to Children

As tempting as it might be to say “because I said so!” when it comes to your children, it’s really not fair to ask something of a child and not give him or her any indication of why (s)he should follow your instructions. Look for an opportunity to have a …

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Negotiating With Your Teen

Negotiating with your teen may be a good tactic if your teenager routinely tells you that you don’t listen to him or her, you don’t respect his or her opinions and you generally operate as an autocrat. You may not agree with any of this, but negotiating with your teen …

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Free Rewards for Good Behaviour

Offering kids rewards for good behaviour is one way to help children connect making appropriate choices with positive outcomes. If you are thinking of offering your kids rewards for their behaviour, set some ground rules from the outset. Do not reward every good decision that your children make, but instead …

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Inexpensive Rewards for Good Behaviour

Children who receive rewards for good behaviour make the connection early on between acting appropriately and gaining a good outcome. However, if rewards are used too often, they can become bribes or children can manipulate them and only behave well when they want something. To avoid these situations, parents should …

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Reward Charts for Good Behaviour

Kids misbehave for a variety of reasons, but there is no reason that learning appropriate behaviour can’t be fun for kids. Children often enjoy a challenge when learning good behaviour and keeping track of their successes on reward charts is a good way to let them see tangible proof of …

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