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Busting Bratty Behavior

Age 3 to 5: Progress, not perfection
Preschoolers have new understanding and patience now, which means that taking turns becomes a bit easier. Decent manners can start to be a habit.

Know when to supervise. Sally Larsen, a mom of two and the owner of a kids' hair salon, has seen a lot of bad manners from both kids and parents. While kids twirl salon chairs, steal lollipops from the treat jar, and complain to stylists, too many moms read magazines or zone out. Now that your preschooler is more mischievous than ever, he needs attention from the manners police—Mom and Dad. If there's a problem, exert your parental authority.

Next: Age 5 to 7: Manners on display