Behavioral Development

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

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Why I'm Teaching My Kid All About Failure

Success rarely comes without struggles. Parents columnist Jenny Mollen explains why she’s making it her priority to teach her kids how to keep trying no matter what.
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How to See Things From Your Kid's Point of View

When you find yourself desperately trying to talk some sense into your child as she whines, cries, or freaks out even more, try stepping into her shoes instead.
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How to Raise a Kid With Ambition

So you inherited your parents’ work ethic and want to pass on the same motivation to the next generation? Experts explain how you can teach it to your children.
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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.
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What To Do When Your Kid’s Imaginary Friend is a Troublemaker

I became worried when my 6-year-old started blaming his imaginary friend Jack-Jack anytime he broke the rules. But experts explain why it's not a reason to fret and offer tips to deal with an imaginary friend that causes trouble around the house.
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How Not to Accidentally Favor Your Easier Child

It's easy for parents to prefer to spend time with their easier kid over the more difficult one. But that has its repercussions. Experts offer ways to help you stop favoring your easygoing child.
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More Behavioral Development

14 Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler

Even the best of parents struggle with how to discipline a toddler. Follow these simple strategies to keep your 2- and 3-year-olds in line.
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4 Quirky Kid Behaviors That Actually Have Purpose

Believe it or not, your kid’s repetitive habits—from shirt sucking to Play-Doh sniffing—might be helping him regulate his senses.
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5 Child Behavior Issues You Don't Need to Worry About

Sometimes things that seem off to parents about their child's behavior are developmentally appropriate. Find out if your kiddo's behavior is typical, and when it's time to get help.