From Biting to Whining
Dr. Mom's strategies for stopping 5 top annoying behaviors - before they become habits
Many parents expect to have an easier time with their child once she turns 3. After all, a preschooler has more language and coping skills than she did as a toddler. Instead, Mom and Dad are often disappointed to find that new problems crop up (such as spouting hateful words) before old behaviors (like hitting) disappear entirely.
Yet what you perceive as naughtiness is usually developmentally appropriate, however obnoxious, so it's best to handle it with an understanding of what's behind your child's acting up. You'll be more likely to respond in a constructive way - and she'll be more likely to learn what's expected of her.
Here are some common little-kid misbehaviors and the best ways to keep them from becoming bad habits.
Even kids as old as 4 or 5 can have trouble verbally expressing their feelings of anger and frustration. The result: They tend to lash out, especially when a situation becomes stressful. And since aggressive behavior usually guarantees an immediate response, they'll sometimes bite or hit in order to get attention.
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