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Some of the most difficult challenges for a parent are their child's behavioral problems. Young children sometimes communicate things through their behaviour that they can't put into words, such as feeling anxious or upset. Also, as a child grows, his or her personality is also developing and constantly changing. Almost overnight, the quiet three year old can suddenly become a disruptive four year old.

Some behaviour you might think of as naughty is actually developmentally appropriate. Toddlers may mess with their food, for example, while learning how to feed themselves. Some children will do almost anything to get your attention. That's why it's important to praise them when they're behaving well.

Parents should decide what behaviors are going to be acceptable and what behavior will not be tolerated based on the age and development of the child. These guidelines of behavior are important for the child to feel secure in a structured environment. "No rules" often leads to chaos in the family and can leave long-lasting problems in the child. On the other hand, too much structure or too many rules that don't allow a child to grow, can lead to behavioral problems.

Looking after children requires a lot of energy and effort, and no one can keep up positive discipline perfectly all the time. There will be days when it gets on top of you, and all parents do things they regret sometimes. If this happens, say you're sorry, reassure your child that you love them, explain that your behaviour wasn't right and try again. This teaches children a valuable lesson.

In the following section, we discuss the ways to deal with some of the most common problems that parents face:

 
Temper tantrums
Dealing with difficult behaviour
Coping with an active child
A new baby in the family

 



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