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Taming Your Aggressive Child

Tips for Dealing With an Aggressive Child Aggressive behavior can occur at any age. When you find that your child is exhibiting excessive aggressive behavior, you need to employ strategies to turn it around. Handling an aggressive child depends largely on the age group. Young children are prone to this behavior naturally as their little minds developed. 1. Consistency is key When dealing with aggressive small children, consistency is the key to success. Changing your response to aggression each time doesn’t send the right message to your child. For example, if your child has been making a habit of hitting his siblings, you must tell him in a calm voice using the same words every time that it’s not acceptable and he will need to take a timeout. 2. Lay down the law firmly You may find yourse...

How to be a Happier Mom

You’re the one that does everything. From the moment the sun rises, you’re at it, making breakfast and packing school lunches. It’s you who schedules everything from doctor’s appointments to play dates. It’s you who cooks and cleans. You may even work outside of the home on top of all this too. And at the end of the day, when you finally have 5 minutes to yourself, you sit down and you realize you’re surrounded by a cloud of unhappiness. When we’re not happy, it makes it hard for us to be there for those who need us most – our children. If you want them to grow up into happy adults, you’ll need to fill your cup back up so you can pour them your happiness every day. Here’s how to get yourself out of that unhappy funk. Don’t compare Social media is not reality. Problems in your marriage? Scr...

Teaching Patience to Toddlers

Teaching Patience to Toddlers If you have a toddler, chances are you have him around with you all day every day. You go to the store together, plus the bank, post office, and many other places too. But even the best-behaved children can grow very impatient, particularly if you’re stuck waiting on line somewhere. That’s very normal because at their age, they don’t understand why they must stand on line.  When toddlers want something, you’ll notice that they want it now and trying to convince them otherwise is a waste of breath. It takes toddlers time to learn the art of patience and by remaining consistent when you teach them, you’ll be reinforcing this must-have skill for your child that will serve them well into adulthood. Try these tactics to help get your child to be more patient.  1. U...

Why Setting Limits on TV Time is Good for Your Child

We have all done it at some point or another. We have all turned on the TV and made our children sit in front of it so we can take care of things that need to be done. Whether it’s making an important phone call, getting some work done, cleaning, or even to just enjoy some peace, sometimes the TV can be a true godsend. But it’s also a false idol that we all worship and we need to set a good example for our children by not turning the TV on morning, noon and night. If you feel like your family is watching way too much TV, or even staring blankly at other technological devices, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some suggestions for taking some technology-free time out together.   1. Go for a walk together Try taking a walk after dinner each night...

Teach Your Toddler to Listen

It happens at the age of 2. Children start to understand that they are a unique person separate from you. With this realization though comes many conflicts. It’s a difficult balance to strike but you must be both firm and flexible at once. Not sure how to do that? Here are some simple tips for helping your toddler to listen better. Get on their level and look into their eyes Yelling is hardly effective, especially from the other side of the room. Yet, you can’t allow your child to run around the house like that, can you? So walk over to him and get up close. Get down on his level and look him right in the eyes. He will get the message very quickly that what you’re saying is important and he needs to listen and obey it. Let them make appropriate choices You need to go and you need to go now...

Studies Say Parents are to Blame for Toddler Misbehavior

In the age of toddlerhood, you’ll have to expect some unsavory behavior. There’s screaming, whining and plenty of tantrums at the supermarket (and other places in between). While toddlers will throw a fit because their brains are still developing and they don’t yet have that mental capacity to tell us everything they feel, there are other times that our actions as parents are to blame for this nasty behavior. The trick is to reduce the behavior by employing a few tricks to keep tantrums from occurring. Try these on for size next time: 1. Diminish distractions In a day and age where everyone has a smartphone and seems permanently affixed to it, don’t forget to put it down for a while and focus on your child. Your child will act out sometimes just to get you to look up from the hypnotizing e...

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