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Joe's approach is exactly what I'd do, too. I'd like to contribute an answer but essentially I'd be repeating what Joe said. Instead I can elaborate a little. Negative behavior has negative consequences. Always. That will probably mean that when you first start to use Joe's tactic, pretty soon there will be no toys left in the room and the kids will be ...


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Sounds pretty normal to me, at least up to a point. 3 and 17 months here, and not that different; except the 17 month old stands up to himself a bit better. We handle it in a very straightforward manner. Any toy grabbing means immediate removal of that toy from play for the day, unless that would excessively harm the wronged party if there is a clear ...


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You say you've tried time outs. I wonder if you've employed a systematic approach to this. 1-2-3 Magic is one of (if not the) most effective approaches to behavioral (self-) correction I've ever encountered. When applied correctly and consistently, it allows time outs to be applied without the parent losing their cool (very important, especially if younger ...


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Specific personal experiences: My brother and I are 8 years apart (we are half siblings). We never had any 'issues', but we also did not have anything much in common until we both had children. At this point my brother was more than 40! My husband and his sister are 3 years apart. They have a great relationships (as adults), and share many experiences. I ...



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