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How Can I Handle Bratty Six Year Old I Babysit
Be clever& in charge: The child is challenging your authority to tell them what to do, etc. Let them know you are the boss, but make them think they are. Try giving them choices wherever possible. For instance, getting ready for bed - they need ot brush teeth and put on pj's. Ask them to pick which they want to do first - it gives them a feeling of control, and you still get both things done. But you are in charge! ...Read more
Symptoms at sundown?: Children with various developmental disorders can be worse at night. This occurs across the spectrum of all disorders from adhd to down's to as to developmental delay to cp. Please discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. Sundowner's syndrome is specific for dementia patients who worsen at night. Dementia is exceedingly rare in children. But developmental delay is common. ...Read more
3 sources to start.: http://www.parentingscience.com/bedtime-problems.html and a good thinking resource regardless of the diagnosis... http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/news/establishing-positive-sleep-patterns-young-children-autism-spectrum-disorder-2271623 and http://www.empoweringparents.com/Take-the-Power-Struggle-out-of-Bedtime-Permanently.php ...Read more
broad range: The 5% to 95% range runs 42-49 inches with an average of 45. ...Read more
What Dr. R said, +: Limit total screen time - smart phone, iPad, TV, Computer, video games, et. al.- to a maximum of 2 hours/day. Remove electronics from all kids' bedrooms. See healthychildren.org. The whole family has to commit to savoring healthy foods at pleasant, sit-down family meals sans TV, no fast food, no junk food or soda in the house & to exercise together. If BMI. is > 95th %ile, lab-work is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Upset about what?: It depends what she is upset about. If she won't tell you and she is so upset that it is affecting her ability to eat, sleep, or play, you should ask your pediatrician to check her and consider taking her to a child psychiatrist or a therapist who specializes in children. ...Read more
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