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Ask Dr. Marla: Concerned about 3-year old behaviour

Question: My three-year-old daughter loves to colour but she chews the crayons or breaks the markers every time I give them to her. She destroys other things like the TV remote and other toys as well. I’m worried there’s something wrong with her. Is this normal for a three-year-old? Answer: Let’s first...

Playing Parental Favourites

The next moment your tot is just as likely to demand that ‘Mommy do it’. It’s not that your two-year-old is fickle or trying to play emotional ping-pong with you and your partner. At this stage your toddler can only think of being with one person at a time. Your...

Ask Dr. Marla: Crayon-Chewing in Toddlers

Question My three-year-old daughter loves to colour but she chews the crayons or breaks the markers every time I give them to her. She destroys other things like the TV remote and other toys as well. I’m worried there’s something wrong with her. Is this normal for a three-year-old? Answer Let’s first...

What Makes Kids Laugh

Children laugh at matters of the digestive system because such matters are their prime concern. Toilet training, wetting the bed and generally behaving politely put tremendous pressure on kids so they laugh in self-defence. Poo and pee become less frightening when lampooned. Universally, children laugh when you satirize the things...

Sharing Is Hard For Toddlers

Shoving matches over who gets the fire truck are common enough between toddlers, but 19-month-old Katie took it to a new level at daycare recently. After enjoying a pretend tea party alongside her friend Ella, Katie wasnt ready to stop playing. When Ellas mom came to pick up her...

Your Child’s Behaviour

Your Child's Behaviour Learning how to manage children's behaviour is one of the hardest tasks for parents. Remember that its okay if you don't know how to handle every situation. Every parent feels that way sometimes. You have to learn how to be a parent. Remember: nobody's...

Screaming

mother (and father) Despite our best intentions, most of us find its pretty hard to measure up to the standards that we set for ourselves on the discipline front. The result? Truckloads and truckloads of mother (or father) guilt. Heres how to cope with parenthoods most abundant yet useless emotion: Problem:...

What To Do When Your Toddler Seems Out Of Control

As all parents know, children go through stages. In fact, sometimes they seem to just get out of one before they are into another. This is particularly true of the time between birth and 5 years, when the pace of growth is extraordinary - a pace never to be...

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