Resistance to Change

Resistance to Change

At three, kids already have their own opinion about things. This is the age when they want to do things themselves or want things done their way. This is why some kids throw a temper tantrum when you make changes in your home. Comfort and safetyKids find comfort and safety in consistency. And since kids this age are in the “do-in-myself” phase, they may be reacting to changes made without their involvement. What you can do?Some kids are more sensitive to change than others. But that does not mea…

How to Encourage Listening and Cooperation

How to Encourage Listening and Cooperation

Most three year-olds enjoy their sudden ability to speak and move about on their own. More often than not, these factors contribute to fuel temper tantrums and behavior problems. If you are experiencing this kind of problem with your three-year old, the Mayo Clinic recommends doing the following:Set and enforce limitsSometimes, acting defiant is a toddler’s response to a lack of limits. Look at the limits that you have set for your child and see how you enforce them. Let your child know what is …

Temper Tantrums: What's Normal?

Temper Tantrums: What's Normal?

Temper tantrums, according to Dr. Jay L. Hoecker of the MayoCinic, are a normal part of growing up. Your child may be seeking attention or is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable. They are also often expressions of a child’s frustrations; when they can not get their parents or any object to do what they want. As self-control improves, temper tantrums occur less often. In fact, most kids outgrow temper tantrums by age 4. However, there are cases where temper tantrums are an indicator of an underlying …

Attention Problems: ADHD or Trauma?

Attention Problems: ADHD or Trauma?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD has become quite a common condition among many kids today causing many to have attention problems that may hinder their normal growth. But there can be instances when ADHD can also be misdiagnosed in children having such attention problems. Certain situations can cause certain behaviors in children that may be indicative of ADHD. But there can also be other reasons for it such as childhood trauma. Trauma and Its EffectsIt seems that there have bee…

Babies React to Emotions on TV

Babies React to Emotions on TV

According to 2 recent studies, babies as young as 12 months old “appear to ‘read’ and respond to TV actors’ emotions. Both researches observed 32 infants. In the first study, the babies were 12 months old. In the second, the babies were 10 months old. The babies watched a 20-second, taped segment wherein a woman focused on a toy (e.g. a 12-inch spiral letter, or a garden house adapter connected to a plastic valve). In each trial, the actress used different expressions and vocal signals to convey…

Preparing Your Child for School

Preparing Your Child for School

Playing make-believe is normal for kids. All of us played the role of princesses, cops, superheroes, ballerinas, etc. at some point during our childhood. Remember how much fun you had.Studies however, suggest that playing make-believe is not only fun for kids, it also helps prepare them for school. Studies conducted by Singer and Singer’s (1992, 2001) research group trained parents, home care providers, and teachers in make believe games that also taught kids about numbers, colors, shapes, vocab…

Girl Bullies: Attack of the Queen Bee

Girl Bullies: Attack of the Queen Bee

She is Ms. Popular. She is viciously cunning in spreading rumors. She is a master of manipulation and backbiting. And she wears glittery fingernail polish. She is the Queen Bee. She does not give black eyes, but she brings misery to the plain, meek, and chubby.Who is the Queen Bee?We already know a lot about the beefy boy who bullies the bespectacled eighth-grader in the hallway. But the hulking football player-slash-bully has a ferocious counterpart: the girl bully. She is pretty, has a flawles…

Helping Your Kids Deal with Anger

Helping Your Kids Deal with Anger

Children lack the emotional maturity to control their anger. They get angry when you don’t buy them the robot or the doll they want, when you tell them to sleep, when you don’t allow them to play outside, or when a sibling makes an annoying remark.   Often, children and parents engage in a bout of wills, and parents always emerge victorious with the winning because-I-said-so argument. Many parents teach their children that they shouldn’t be angry because it’s bad, or that it’s their fault if the…

Why Do Some People Enjoy Being Loners?

Why Do Some People Enjoy Being Loners?

More often than not, most people see loners as different from the rest of society. This is because of the fact that they act differently, since they have a certain type of life in which they live by. Because of their non-conformist lifestyle, most loners are perceived as deviants. Of course, adult loners are different from child loners. Yet despite all these facts, we still ask ourselves the question: what makes a loner a loner? For a child loner, it is very recognizable why they are like that. …

Impact of TV on Kids Antisocial Behaviors

Impact of TV on Kids Antisocial Behaviors

Kids nowadays lead a very sedentary lifestyle. They are either too engrossed in computer games or too absorbed in watching television. Aside from their lack of physical activity, there has been no marked negative effect that watching too much television has on kids. Or so we thought.In a recent study, the researchers found out that TV shows have a strong negative impact on kids, especially the young boys who patronize violent shows. The results of the study yielded the possibility that these you…