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Behavior

“Is it normal?” As parents, we’ve asked that question about our child’s behavior countless times. (Hint: Most of the time, it’s normal.) But just because a child’s behavior is normal doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be addressed, whether it’s separation anxiety on the first day of school or potty-training regression. How do you handle these typical behaviors, and how do you know when developmentally normal conduct veers into something that may require professional help?

 

Check out articles written by pros and parents alike, along with our many videos on behavior: Chicago experts lead you through common issues like separation anxiety, potty-training and bullying, and offer strategies on how to manage them. And when you need quick reassurances and resources, our discussion forum has your back.

Why kids lie, and why it's okay
“Rachel did it,” I insisted, at three years old, when my parents asked why there was blue ink on our ecru walls and white couch. I was informing them that my sister, their devious daughter, was to bla...
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How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.
So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you? On the f...
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Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it
While nighttime control often occurs years later, mastering daytime bladder and bowel control is a process which takes, on average, six months for a child to complete. Urine and stool accidents are co...
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Discussions

Annoying phrases-just for fun

I was going to put this in the vent thread, but thought it deserved its own thread the more I thought about it. I thought there was a prior thread about this but couldn't find it.   Anyone get super annoyed by phrases and delivery methods? I was on two calls recently and learned that you c...

Understanding Giftedness: Parent Education Event

Understanding Giftedness Wednesday, October 19 6:30 - 8:00pm Science & Arts Academy  In-Person Event for Parents Join us at Science & Arts Academy for an evening with Kathleen Nilles, Parent Services and Communications Manager for the National Association for Gift...

How can I help my 7 year old not have a meltdown?

My 7 year old daughter is generally a happy, confident, energetic, attentive, kind kid who wants to do the right thing and usually manages to do so. She has never been a behavior concern at preschool, school, camp, after-school, etc. There is one exception:   If she is (1) in some kin...

Homecoming corsage input needed

Need to buy a corsage for my freshman's homecoming date. I keep nagging him to ask about the color of her dress and all I know is that it is red. But is it bright red or of red-gah!   Is there anything new and trendy in terms of corsages?  I don't want to overthink this (I think the corsage thing is...

High schooler not thriving

I'm not looking for advice from parents of high achieving kids that follow the rules but parents with kids that have issues and what to do about this. I have a freshman who has struggled academically since 1st grade. To say he hates school is the understatement of the year. He has stopped cross coun...


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