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Sue Donas of Montclair, NJ, was livid when she found her daughter Arianna, 3, and a friend scribbling on Arianna's bedroom walls. When Donas asked, "...
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Recently, a friend's 6-year-old was over playing with my two kids. When she asked for a snack, I said, "Sure, honey, hold on for a few...
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94% of 3- and 4-year-olds have been spanked at least once during the past year, according to one study. 74% of mothers believe spanking is...
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Q. I have no trouble laying down my family's law when my son's friend acts up at our house, but should I tell his mom? A. If you feel justified...
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My husband, Jason, and I linger at the dinner table, trying to ignore the fight brewing over Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the next room. Eli, 8, has "borrowed...
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What you've heard: "Sugar makes kids hyper."The truth: More than 20 studies show that sugar has no effect on behavior, says Mark Wolraich, M.D., a...
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Q. My 17-month-old's tantrums have become absolutely intolerable. He cries hysterically until, within a couple minutes, he throws up. The only...
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We've all been there. Having explained our request, argued and issued threats, our defiant child stands before us, jaw set and arms akimbo. The question racing through both of our minds: "...
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Kids aren't the only ones whose behavior can be frustrating at times. If you asked your child, he'd probably tell you that you can be pretty annoying...
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Q. My 4-year-old daughter's strong-willed personality pushes all my buttons. What do you do when you love, but don't get along with, your own child?A...
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Q. When I was at the movies with my daughter, the 4-year-old behind me kept kicking my seat. I asked her to stop, but she kept doing it, and her...
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Q. My nephew, who's 4, hits my 1-year-old and takes his toys. But my brother won't let me discipline his child. How can I get him to curb his kid?A....
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Oliver was normally a calm 14-month-old, but when I went to pick him up from the play area at a local bookstore before he thought he was ready to...
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Learn what phrases to banish from your vocabulary and how to talk so your kids will really listen
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On any given day you've probably had two or three showdowns with your child over everything from brushing her teeth to getting in the car seat...
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The new golden rules of discipline, from a pediatrician mom who's found better ways to get her kids to behave
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Disciplining a baby sounds, at first, like something both mean and unnecessary. Indeed, while a toddler's behavior (or misbehavior) is grounded in a...
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Q.  My 1-year-old daughter has started throwing tantrums. Occasionally, she will get frustrated at something and hit herself in the head. Should...
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Q  My 2-year-old son has started pulling hair, biting, hitting and pushing other kids. Any advice on how I can get him to stop? Please help...
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Every day, we correct our kids to get them to behave. But we can't monitor them forever. What our children should also get from us are the tools they...
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Q. My 3-year-old won't stay in her room when I put her there for a time-out. What should I do?A. A time-out is the enlightened alternative to...
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When 2-year-old Kendall Isaak sees a toy she wants at the store, her mom suggests they put it on her birthday wish list. "When we get home, we...
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My life has been devoted to children and families—my own, and those I've encountered in my career as a pediatrician. My first baby was born...
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The way we discipline our kids shapes their behavior as well as their sense of self-worth. But there are many different philosophies, so how do you...
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As a father of three, I know how challenging it can be to discipline a child. Skirmishes with a youngster who talks back or throws a tantrum in the...

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