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“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.


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Featured articles

Why kids lie, and why it's okay
The fact that your child can lie shows maturity. It's the reason behind the lying that you should focus your attention on.
How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.
Potty training doesn't have to be stressful. Make a fun game out of potty training your toddler with these tips.
Potty training regression: possible causes and what to do about it
Potty training regression, or the loss of daytime toileting skills, can be frustrating for kids and parents. A Chicago pediatrician offers ideas on causes and how to deal with it.


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My teen hasn’t worn Retainer, now what?

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Sick Kids and Covid Tests

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