Children and Encopresis

Parents and child-carers will recognise the difficult situation that can occur when a child soils his or herself, and will know that accidents do happen occasionally even in older children, but sometimes this may not be a one-off occasion. Those children who are past the toilet training stage (usually around …

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Your Child’s Behaviour and Relationship Problems

The way that your children behave will change if you are experiencing relationship problems, and it is vital to recognise this early on so that measures can be put in place to help. A dilemma You should always make sure that your children are not being forced to choose one …

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Single Parenting: Child Behaviour and the Home

If you have been living as a family, and a couple, then you’ll have been used to dividing up all household chores and duties. However, now you are on your own you will have to rethink your old routine and start planning for how you will manage your home as …

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Children and Thumb Sucking

When babies find their thumbs for the very first time, popping them into their mouths, parents are likely to grab their cameras to take a shot of the happy moment. For some parents, however, the behaviour that they first found adorable becomes a cause of stress when they can’t get …

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Children and Self-Harm

Self harming may be one of the hardest behaviours for people to understand, but many children participate in various means of self harm, including cutting, burning, hair pulling and self-poisoning. Help is available for children who engage in these behaviours, but since kids are normally very secretive about these actions, …

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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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Children and Swearing

Kids are increasingly using language that adults may find objectionable especially when it comes from the mouths of children. Overall, society has taken a more relaxed attitude about swearing than a generation ago, but many parents still do not like to hear their children using foul language. Setting the Standard …

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Children and Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence, or the loss of urinary control, can be highly embarrassing for children whether it happens in public or in private, during the day or at night. The good news is that incontinence tends to reduce and disappear over time, but that is often cold comfort to children who want …

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Children and Excessive Shyness

All children exhibit shyness at some time or another but some children suffer from an overwhelming shyness which cripples them in social situations. This type of excessive shyness can harm their relationships with friends, leave them lonely and isolated, cause them to feel worthless and/or helpless, and leave them open …

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Children and Tics

Tics are repeated but involuntary muscle movements, so when they happen in children it may first appear that the child is acting out rather than the victim of uncontrollable movements. Tics are relatively common in school aged children, with an estimated one in 10 children in the United Kingdom experiencing …

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