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What are the causes of my child's naughty behavior?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Belief system: We do everything for infants when they cry.This sets up a belief system that we are their servant & only exist to please them.When they begin walking we begin to ignore them, since they can get around & play.They don't like it.Acting out is an amplification of crying behavior.They do it to get noticed & get their way.Parents may find it cute & send a smile their way while saying no-this confuses.
Dr. Aaron Ament
Dr. Aaron Ament commented
Psychiatry 58 years experience
TRUE, BUT THE ORDINARY CHILDREN, THE ADHD CHILDREN AND THE BIPOLAR CHIL DREN AND THE DEPRESSED AND ANXIOUS CHILDREN CAN ALL BE NAUGHTY. AND SOME ARE SPOILED. TELL US WHAT "NAUGHTY" MEANS AND IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO BE MORE HELPFUL. A TRIP TO A CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPIST MAY HELP YOU.
Nov 4, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Age and stage?: Behaviors serve a purpose, like avoidance of a task or attaining a desired object. Children " win" when they get an adult engaged in a fight; therefore, coercive parenting methods such as yelling, spanking or even becoming upset are a " payoff". State the rule and the consequence, give no more than one warning, then follow through. Walk, don't talk" for successful time-outs, a minute/year of age.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Provided original answer
The hardest thing for parents is to ignore a child's behavior. Once they do so effectively, the behavior first worsens,then goes away.
Sep 30, 2012

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