Behavioral Development

Learn how to guide your kid through his behavioral development. Plus: Try these ideas for building self-esteem.

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The Parents Expert Guide to Nurturing Good Behavior
It's natural to feel that life would be easier if your kids consistently followed the rules, listened attentively, and went to bed without protest. But experts say compliance is not all it's cracked up to be—and that the secret to healthy cooperation lies in gaining a deeper understanding of how your child thinks.
How to Know If Your Kid Is a Narcissist—And What To Do About It
Think your child might be exhibiting abnormally narcissistic traits? Experts share the telltale signs and what you can do about them.
5 Expert Tips to Help Your Sensitive Child Navigate an Overwhelming World
There are many benefits to being a highly sensitive person. Here's how to help your child manage their deep feelings in ways that also teach them coping skills.
How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without Even Asking Them
Did you know in other cultures it's totally acceptable for young kids to help out with house chores? Author of Hunt, Gather, Parent, Michaeleen Doucleff shares tips on how American parents can get their children to help out and even be enthusiastic about the chores too.
Dad Pretends 9 Year Old's Bike Was Stolen to Teach Him a Lesson—But at What Cost?
This dad's lesson "worked," but a clinical psychologist weighs in on better ways to help a child learn—and create a trusting relationship along the way.
9 Special Education Strategies That Work for All Kids
Whether your child struggles with outbursts, focus, or fidgeting, educators say these research-backed classroom techniques can make a real difference, right in your own home.
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What to Do If Your Child Loves to Eavesdrop
Eavesdropping is a common childhood habit. But there are adult conversations you don't want your kid listening to. Experts explain how to put a halt to this totally normal but not always desired behavior.
I'm a Mom and a Professional Organizer: Here's How I Get My Kids to Keep Their Stuff in Order
Whether it's through laundry games or clever ways to make a bed, there are fun ways to get kids to organize and maintain their own space from an early age. This also builds confidence, empowerment, and a happy home life for everyone.
I Thought My Child Was Just Misbehaving But It Was Really Oppositional Defiant Disorder

When a child is angry, irritable, argumentative, defiant, or vindictive for at least six months, they may receive a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.