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

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Aaron Ament
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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The hardest thing for parents is to ignore a child's behavior. Once they do so effectively, the behavior first worsens,then goes away.
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