Q&A: 3 Year Old Has Apparent Separation Anxiety

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Building Independence

I am seeking advice concerning the behavior of my son. He will be three years in a few months. He has been exhibiting a few red flag behaviors. He has not attended day care, and is not around other children on a regular basis. If he is in a setting with other children, he is very apprehensive at first, but …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: 3 Year Old Has Apparent Separation Anxiety

Q&A: We Moved to a New Home and My Child is Acting Out

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My 6 year old is literally out of control. You tell him not to do something and he does it anyways; you yell at him for something and he still does it. He keeps running and jumping onto our new $1,500 living room set; he leaves trash laying around; he is always being loud and he has peed on the …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: We Moved to a New Home and My Child is Acting Out

Q&A: New Baby and Older Sibling is Acting Out

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

My niece just had another baby girl, and her other girl is 8 or 9 years old. We started to notice that she’s lying quite often and for no real reason. Is this normal? It would not be uncommon for a child of 8 or 9 to be acting out or showing jealousy in various ways (such as by lying) …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: New Baby and Older Sibling is Acting Out

Q&A: How to Break A Comfort Habit?

Day2DayParenting Behavior

My five year old daughter has a habit of playing with my elbow, that is, the skin over the elbow when its extended. She developed this habit around the time I weaned her off breast-milk, at about 13 months of age. Since then she has had the need to do this at the same time as sucking her own tongue. …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: How to Break A Comfort Habit?

Q&A: My Child is Distracted at School and Not Doing Homework

Day2DayParenting Behavior

 I’ve been having some issues with my 8 year-old daughter. She’s having distraction problems in school and now is getting worse because she’s keeping things from us. She tells us that she’s done with her homework but then we realize that she didn’t finish everything. I’m very concerned and would like to get some help as I have talked to …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: My Child is Distracted at School and Not Doing Homework

Q&A: My Child is Hyperactive

Day2DayParenting Behavior

I am very concerned about my 2-year-old child. She is very hyperactive, she doesn’t respond to toys or other children, and she would rather be by herself. She only repeats what she hears, and doesn’t ask for what she wants. She can’t eat without assistance. She screams and hits. She is very unbalanced – falling a lot and running into …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: My Child is Hyperactive
normal child attention span

Q&A: What is a Normal Attention Span?

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Expected Behavior by Age

I find everyone is quick to diagnose children with ADHD.  I am a second grade teacher. Is there a “normal rule of thumb” for attention span? How long should a typical 7-8 year old be able to concentrate? I find teachers are lengthy in their lessons and explanations. How long should the child be expected to pay attention? Sometimes I …

Day2DayParentingQ&A: What is a Normal Attention Span?

Q&A: My Child is Very Restless

Day2DayParenting Behavior

My son is 4 years old and his teacher says that he is a very intelligent child but very restless and he does not concentrate in the work given in school. Please suggest what do I do about his restlessness in school as well as at home and how do I increase his concentration?

Day2DayParentingQ&A: My Child is Very Restless

Understanding the Needs of Our Children

Day2DayParenting Behavior, Challenging Behavior

Is my child trying to get my attention? The phone rings. You answer. Suddenly you hear, “Mommy, mommy, mommy!” while your child is clinging to your leg. A child who is constantly seeking your attention has not learned to enjoy playing for his/her own sake. The best way to deal with this is to ignore the child’s pleas for your …

Day2DayParentingUnderstanding the Needs of Our Children