Helping you Deal with Child Behaviour

With so much conflicting advice on how to raise children, it's no wonder that parents and carers find it difficult to know whether we are doing the right thing. We hope that this website will offer advice, help and support to any parents or carers who need guidance when dealing with a child's behaviour. It is written by parenting experts who acknowledge that every child is different.

What is a Behavioural Disorder?

Behavioural disorders are conditions in which an individual experiences alterations in thinking and emotions that result in challenging behaviours. Challenging behaviours can include but are not limited to, temper tantrums, arguments, lying, cheating, stealing and even assaulting others. At times almost all children will naturally engage in these behaviours, but …

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Children and Aggressive Outbursts

Children tend to show natural aggression beginning around their second birthday. The “terrible twos” are brewing at this point and children have developed to the point where not only do they know that they are independent individuals but they can walk themselves and talk themselves to wherever they please. While …

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Children and Breath Holding

At some time most children get the bright idea that holding their breath will force their parents to give them something that they want. Usually these threats are harmless and bring no results, but occasionally when a child becomes upset (s)he will have a breath holding spell (BHS) that results …

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Children and Public Temper Tantrums

Children throw temper tantrums as a way to express the pent-up anger frustration and sometimes even fear that they are not always able to verbalise. Not all children throw temper tantrums, and not all children throw temper tantrums in the same way, but for the most part fits of crying, …

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Children and Picky Eating

Picky eating can be frustrating for parents, but most children will attempt to eat only what they enjoy, so picky eating is therefore not abnormal in their own minds. In fact, many children do not recognise themselves as picky eaters and instead operate under the assumption that they should only …

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Children and Bedwetting

Bedwetting can be baffling to parents but embarrassing for children, so many families struggle through years of bedwetting before asking for further information or advice. Parents coping with a child who wets the bed should read on for answers to some frequently asked questions regarding bed wetting. How Common is …

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Children and Body Rocking

Body rocking or the repetitive and rhythmic self-rocking of a child’s body, is a common method of self-soothing in young children. Generally, children who engage in this behaviour will discover it around six months of age and will grow out of it by about three years of age. Though it …

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Children and Hair Pulling

Though it’s not very fun for the person under attack, children often take great delight in pulling the hair of others. Hair pulling is not necessarily an aggressive act when young children do it, and indeed there can be many reasons that children engage in hair pulling. Whatever the reason, …

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Children and Head Banging

Head banging or a child’s repeated action of banging his/her head (usually against a wall) may be hard for parents to watch, but children often engage in this behaviour to bring themselves comfort and even relief. Most children who engage in head banging do so starting at around six months …

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Children and Nail Biting

Nail biting is primarily a nervous habit in children. Much like thumb sucking or carrying around a favourite toy, nail biting provides children with a sense of comfort that allows them to calm themselves more than they might be able to otherwise. Most children outgrow nail biting in time, particularly …

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