Q&A: 3 Year Old Throws Terrible Fits At Night

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My three year old has been throwing terrible fits at night. It starts if I tell her to do something she doesn’t want something as simple as bubbles in the bath. It turns into AN HOUR OF HER CRYING. I send her to her room until she can stop but she don’t stop she just acts worse. She throws toys. …

Tamara GuoQ&A: 3 Year Old Throws Terrible Fits At Night

Q&A: My Child is Aggressive in Preschool

Tamara Guo Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My child does great at school but she is just aggressive. She turned 3 in February and is the youngest in her preschool class. The other kids are turning 4. The problem is there is a new teacher in her class and my child has picked up a very aggressive behavior toward her friends. I don’t know what to do.  …

Tamara GuoQ&A: My Child is Aggressive in Preschool
Toddler Biting

Why Do Toddlers Bite? (And How To Handle It When They Do)

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Is Your Toddler Biting? Most parents are horrified when they receive a note sent home from day care that their child has bitten someone. Some of our own mothers and grandmother’s would advise us “Bite him back, then he won’t do it again, it worked with my kids”. As child development specialists we do not advocate biting a child back, …

Day2DayParentingWhy Do Toddlers Bite? (And How To Handle It When They Do)

Teaching Your Child Patience

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Building Independence, Social Graces

How to Encourage Waiting Before you get upset with your toddler’s impatience, remember that your child isn’t emotionally or socially ready to understand the concept of waiting. Use the following tips to prevent your two-year-old child from screaming every time he/she has to wait: First/Then language can help prepare your child that he or she might not get what they …

Day2DayParentingTeaching Your Child Patience

Managing Your Toddler’s Temper Tantrum

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior, Discipline

How to Deal with Temper Tantrums When a toddler sees something he or she wants and cannot have it immediately, the natural response is to scream. Tantrums usually start around 15 months because that’s the age a young child starts to voice their own desires. Your child simply doesn’t know any other way to communicate the anger and frustration they …

Day2DayParentingManaging Your Toddler’s Temper Tantrum

Teaching a Child to Take Turns

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Social Graces

Opening the front door, pulling the plug in the bathtub, washing hands for dinner, turning the television off, having the blue cup, getting to cuddle with Daddy… these are just a few of the daily turn taking events that require intense intervention and cajoling in my household. Once certain suggestions are made and the idea that one might get something …

Day2DayParentingTeaching a Child to Take Turns

Teaching Please and Thank You and Encouraging Good Manners

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Social Graces

Teaching good manners should begin in the toddler years, as soon as children learn to speak and begin to learn how to socially interact in their world. Toddlers learn well through a combination of having their parents model good manners and the use of repetition and praise. Teaching manners in the toddler and preschool years and reinforcing their use will …

Day2DayParentingTeaching Please and Thank You and Encouraging Good Manners

How to Discourage Your Child From Biting

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

“He’s a biter”. I’ve overheard daycare workers utter this phrase with disdain and judgment over and over. Biting remains one of the most socially taboo topics in daycare and playgroup circles. Its effects have both physical and emotional implications and frequently result in heightened and prolonged emotions for all parties involved…the biter, the bitten, and both sets of parents. The …

Day2DayParentingHow to Discourage Your Child From Biting

How to Manage Your Child’s Behavior

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Discipline

The most important keys to successful behavior management are consistency and repetition. Stick to whatever rules you make all the time. Know that the rules will need to be repeated again and again for them to work. The best way to teach behavior is to use lots of rewards. For every problem behavior, there is a good behavior to take …

Day2DayParentingHow to Manage Your Child’s Behavior

How to Help an Angry Child Deal with Negative Emotions

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior, Discipline

Young children, just like adults, can’t help feeling angry or sad at times.  The difference between a young child and an adult is that adults learn appropriate ways to vent feelings of frustration or anger.  Some toddlers resort to screaming, kicking, crying loudly or hitting when they are upset. Older children might say mean things like, “I hate you,” or …

Day2DayParentingHow to Help an Angry Child Deal with Negative Emotions