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My 5-year-old doesn't listen to me and is disrespectful. Time-outs don't work. What should I do?
When time-outs don't work it's often because parents aren't doing them carefully, withdrawing all positive reinforcement from inappropriate behavior and rewarding good behavior instead.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
Conflicts Over Parenting
When couples can't agree on parenting strategies, children are the losers. Better to try one approach—whether or not it's the best one—than to subject kids to confusion and contention.
Could my 2-year-old be having sleep terrors?
Also known as night terrors, they are more common among kids ages 3-7, but it is possible for kids who are even younger to have them.- Jamie Howard, PhD
Helping Toddlers Expand Their Language Skills
Early language acquisition is instinctive, but parents can have a big impact on accelerating development. Here are some tips to help get kids talking.- Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP
My 5-year-old daughter has been flying into a rage if she doesn't get something right. What should I do?
Performance anxiety and rigid perfectionism may be signs of underlying anxiety. She should be assessed for an anxiety disorder, which could be treated with behavioral therapy.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
What can I do for my 4-year-old son who still doesn't hold his pencil correctly?
The best way to help a child develop a mature grasp and small muscle strength is with fun activities- Ken Schuster, PsyD
Strategies to Make Homework Go More Smoothly
Start the new school year with clear routines and incentive systems to enable kids to succeed, with minimal stress for everyone.
My son is three and autistic. What should I be doing for him?
Research shows that early intervention can help re-wire the brain. But your first step should be getting an evaluation to discover how your child learns best.- Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP
Home From Camp: How to Help Your Kids With the Reentry
Whether they had a terrific time or were chronically homesick, some kids find it hard to adjust to family life again.- Beth Arky
My 14-month-old granddaughter has no words yet and is very, very active. Is delayed speech a sign of ADHD?
Children develop at different speeds in different areas, and at this age your pediatrician should be looking for progress in all areas and advising intervention if delays become concerning.- Steven G. Dickstein, MD