Seven-year-old children are experiencing increased independence and flexing new found skills and abilities. At the same time, they are still young children who are capable of becoming easily frustrated and upset by setbacks and disappointments.
These back-and-forth steps to being a big kid can lead to behavior problems that are common for this age. Typical 7-year-old behavior problems can include talking back, defiance, and whining. Children who have siblings may engage in sibling fighting as they jockey for parents’ attention and affection.
The good news is that 7-year-old behavior problems can be handled with the right mix of understanding, firmness, and good communication. Try these ideas for how to handle behavior problems in 7-year-old children. Continue reading
WHY SO ANGRY?
Why do so many children get angry so often? Kids are getting furious even about little things like having to pick up their toys or not getting a Popsicle. These blowups are coming from kids who are ages 3, 4, 5, and older. These are children who we expected to have outgrown tantrums. Although some deeply angry children may need professional counseling, that’s not the case with the majority of now-common anger. It’s a side effect of today’s most popular parenting practice. Continue reading
The teenage years are marked by trying on independence through experimentation. Typical teen behavior includes many things that seem strange to parents. Dyed hair, odd piercings, strange music and even new friends are all part of growing up for some teens. And some teenagers also choose this period in life as a time to experiment with alcohol and drugs, and sometimes sex. Continue reading
A parent who doesn’t crave an occasional break is a saint, a martyr, or someone who’s so overdue for some time alone she’s forgotten the benefits of recharging. Trouble is, when you routinely tell your kids, “Don’t bother me” or “I’m busy,” they internalize that message. Continue reading
Remember: The best way to change your child’s behaviour is to change your own behaviour. All the best strategies involve setting routines, rewarding the behaviour you want to encourage, avoiding confrontations and modelling the behaviour you want to see in your child.
Four-year-olds with shorter than average sleep times have more behaviour problems, exhibiting aggression and throwing tantrums, a new study has found.
Personality traits observed in childhood are a strong predictor of adult behavior. A study was conducted on data from a study of approximately 2400 ethnically diverse elementary school students in Hawaii in the 1960s, comparing personality ratings by teachers at the time with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals forty years later.