Toddler Behavior and Discipline

Tame your toddler's tantrums and find discipline techniques that really work.

10 Ways to Deal with Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are an inevitable part of being parent. While there is no way to prevent them, there are ways to help calm your child down when he is in the throes of emotional turmoil. Read on for 10 sanity-saving tantrum tips, and don't forget to leave a comment with your own tricks! read more

17-Month-Old Butts His Head

This behavior is probably normal. Seventeen months is that difficult age when toddlers are learning to control themselves and the world around them. read more

6 Steps to Cure a Whiny Child

"But Mo-omm!" Sound familiar? Children whine at all ages, whether you have a toddler who wants a new toy or a teen who wants to stay out an hour past curfew. Having a whiny child on your hands is sure to fray your nerves, so nip this bad habit in the bud with these tips and strategies. read more

Airing Your Dirty Laundry: Handling Public Tantrums

Airing Your Dirty Laundry: Handling Public Tantrums Parents of two- and three-year-olds find themselves most uncomfortable and embarrassed when their children have tantrums in public: in the grocery store, in the park, or—and this is the worst—in the (until then) silent sanctuary of the public library. Yet there's really no reason why it should be so embarrassing that your toddler is behaving like a two-year-old. Virtually every toddler has tantrums. read more

Almost Seven and Still Sucks Her Finger

The best solution to this problem is a pediatric dentist/orthodontist. read more

Bathroom Talk

An increased interest in bathroom behavior and talk is normal for children at certain stages of development, but don't let it get out of hand. read more

Biting Other Children

Toddlers and preschoolers bite for any number of reasons, including getting attention, being overexcited, and showing signs of affection. read more

Bowel Control Problems in Six-Year-Old

Learn the best way to handle bowel control problems in school-age children. read more

Breaking the Pacifier Habit

Breaking the Pacifier Habit Most pacifiers are now designed with orthodontia in mind. They will not do any damage to the alignment of your child's teeth. So why make a point of asking your preschooler to stop using a pacifier? In time, your child will probably give it up on her own to avoid being labeled a "baby" by other children or by insensitive adults. However, if you can't wait to wean your preschooler from her beloved pacifier: read more

Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit

Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit Childproofing Bad-tasting solutions that you can apply to your preschooler's thumb have a serious drawback. If your child rubs his eyes, the solution may sting or irritate them. read more

Child Throws Tantrums When Disciplined

Disciplining a child while he is throwing a tantrum and/or hitting and screaming is impossible. read more

Disciplining a Two-Year-Old

Is tantrum-like behavior in a toddler normal, or is it a sign of trouble? read more

Disciplining Toddlers

You can expect a normal toddler to increasingly test her autonomy and independence. read more

Disciplining Your Toddler

Disciplining Your Toddler Good disciplinary techniques are constructive. The best thing to do when your child decides to become temporarily psychotic (that is, when she pitches a tantrum) is to do nothing. If you happen to be in a public place and are concerned that someone is going to think you are the crazy one, simply pick up your child, carry her out to your car, buckle her safely into her car seat, latch the childproof door locks, put in earplugs, and drive away. read more

Does a Two-Year-Old Understand Being Sorry?

Two-year-olds do not yet have a hard-wired, internalized conscience. read more

Don't Overuse the Word "No"

Don't Overuse the Word "No" Q-tip Be positive. Parents often forget that a toddler's social behavior is motivated not only by a desire to avoid displeasing others (especially parents), but also by a genuine desire to please. All too often, parents offer behavioral guidelines only in negative terms. If you take the time to praise good behavior often enough, your child will eventually make an effort to repeat it. read more

Eight-Year-Old Sucks Thumb

Some thumb sucking is common with a third or more of preschool children, and an even smaller percentage of early elementary-aged children. read more

Favorite Words of a Four-Year-Old

Favorite Words of a Four-Year-Old Your four-year-old actually needs to talk a lot. Though she's become much more fluent in her use of language, your preschooler is still practicing with different sounds and words. During this year, she'll probably love words that exaggerate: enormous, tremendous, and emergency, for example. read more

Five-Year-Old Still Sucking Thumb

Find out whether thumb sucking is harmful to a child's teeth. read more

Five-Year-Old Throwing Tantrums

An expert evaluates the possible reasons for a five-year-old's temper tantrums in public places. read more

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior Bribes and rewards, punishments and threats don't work at this age. So if you want your toddler to behave in a certain way, you'll have to resort to trickery (though some might call it "guidance"). Remember, your willful one-year-old will "be good" only if he wants to do what you want to do. So all you have to do is figure out a trick that will make good behavior something your toddler wants to do. read more

Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately

Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately Part of the reason two-year-olds have tantrums is because they don't have the words or other tools they need to express their anger or frustration fully or appropriately. For this, your toddler needs your help. Thus the most important rule in handling tantrums is this: Ignore the behavior, but don't ignore your child. read more

Identifying Bad Habits in Preschoolers

Identifying Bad Habits in Preschoolers This article focuses on bad habits rather than bad behavior, because behavior that troubles you becomes a problem only when it becomes habitual. All preschoolers behave in ways that parents wish they wouldn't, at least on occasion. Your child will be no different. But no matter how strongly you disapprove of certain aspects of your child's behavior, it should be cause for real concern only if it becomes persistent. read more

Interrupt Rule

Interrupt RuleDirections I wish I had come across this idea when my children were younger. Although they've always been polite interrupters, even "Excuse me, Mommy" repeated twenty times can be annoying. Worse still is the adult who breaks off midsentence to turn full attention to the interrupting child. read more

Manners and Mealtime Just Don't Mix

Manners and Mealtime Just Don't Mix Q-tip Most toddlers (and preschoolers) do not have very exotic tastes. So if you and your partner prefer foods that your child doesn't like, try to make something simpler for him. read more

My Toddler Hits Me

Read about several approaches you can take to help your child learn to control his frustrations and anger and develop self-control. read more

My Toddler Is Biting

Biting is a normal behavior in toddlers, and there's little need for serious intervention. read more

Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking

Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking Dads often think that a baby doesn't need a pacifier, but using a pacifier or sucking on her thumb or fingers isn't necessarily a bad habit for a baby. Many younger infants actually enjoy the security they get from this type of non-nutritive sucking, and it can be something that is healthy and normal and encouraged. It also can provide a calming or soothing effect for many infants. read more

Potty Mouth

Age four is a bit early to be introduced to this degree of bathroom humor and body curiosity, but it's not of serious concern in and of itself. read more

Punishment and Toddlers: What Doesn't Work

Punishment and Toddlers: What Doesn't Work What punishments are appropriate for a one-year-old? Let's take a look at two strategies that don't work very well with young toddlers: read more