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Questions tagged [misbehavior]

Questions regarding analyzing the reasoning behind a child's misbehavior. See the "discipline" tag for consequences of misbehavior.

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How can I stop my two year old toddler from throwing/breaking stuff when frustrated?

My two year old son (only child) lately has developed a habit of attempting to throw/break things when frustrated. In most cases, it's something that belongs to us (the parents) -- like a candle ...
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Can we say “bad boy” to my 2-year-old son if he misbehaves or does something which we don't like?

My 2-year-old son has learnt a new word "No" recently. He is aware of what "No" indicates and when to tell this in the perfect situation. If he doesn't like anything or if we change the channels on ...
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Toddler putting small stones in her mouth thinking it's funny

My 1.5 y.o. has recently started putting small stones (the size of hazelnuts) in her mouth when we are outdoors, which of course can be very dangerous. I have tried everything I could think of to ...
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Why don't children know why they do things?

I have a 7 year old son. He routinely disobeys instructions, I am not some strict task master that is always asking him to do stuff but I need him to listen to the things I ask him for his benefit as ...
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How to bring my 23-year-old daughter to an adult discussion with me and her mother about issues?

Summary I was witness to a banal argument between my 23-year-old daughter and her mum which has lead to a three month impasse, whereby my daughter has installed herself in my small apartment with the ...
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How can I undo the bad behavior my 2.5 year old daughter learned from 5 year old children?

We went on a trip with some friends for 2 days, and there were three 5-year-old girls. After returning from the trip, my daughter has been pushing her brother 5X more, kicking her mother 5X more (for ...
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What to do about my future wife's 8-year-old son who does what he wants with no regard for anyone else?

I have a son and getting married with the mother of three children in a few weeks. She has an 8-year-old son, whom this question is about, and an older son and a younger daughter. All is well with ...
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How to not to feel igry for children's behavior? [closed]

Examples: Approaching strangers in public places and talk to them also if they show hints they do not want to Going to nursery school in pyjama This makes parents feeling so much igry and full of ...
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Innocent age related stubborness or bad behaviour?

My 4-yearold shows impressive stubborness and singlemindedness. While it is sometimes clear, often i find it hard to tell if i'm looking at: "i'm four years old and surprises make me insecure" or "i'm ...
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How to get fixated child to cooperate?

Background These behaviours aren't the focus of the question, simply provided for background information. I'd appreciate it if answers focused on the main question at the end. Sometimes I look ...
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My 5-year-old is very combative to his 2-year-old brother please help!

I am a single mother of 2. My 5-year-old is very combative to my non-verbal 2-year-old. Earlier today he said he "hated" his brother. He is constantly mean to my baby! Just right after I got to work ...
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My 2.5-year-old son likes to break things

When we are having lunch or dinner my 2.5-year-son likes to break or throw things from the table. He throws sugar pots, cups, plates, etc. Almost everything that can be broken, he will throw it. He ...
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What should I do if my mother belittles me?

I see an unpleasant situation between my younger sisters, V - 8 and K - 2 years, where V is guilty. I try to teach V and say that she is not right but then my mother starts speaking from another ...
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My 3 year old daughter has stopped speaking to me when her mother is around. How can I improve my relationship with her?

I have two kids - a nearly 7 year old boy and a just turned 3 year old girl. For the past 12 months, my 3 year old daughter essentially refuses to speak to me unless it suits her: When she comes ...
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Do I enforce a punishment/retribution promised some time ago?

Three weeks ago while visiting relatives, my seven year old nephew (who is generally terribly behaved) was particularly nasty to my two year old daughter. Amongst the issues was him refusing to ...
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A stranger's child throws a piece of garbage onto the ground, out of sight of their parents. Should I say or do anything?

I am a male childless adult living in England. I rarely interact with children. Last weekend, I observed how a boy (perhaps 8 years old) threw a piece of garbage onto the ground, despite being ...
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What to do about my 3-year-old acting out in daycare?

I have about had it with my 3-year-old son. He has me at my wits' end with everything. He goes to daycare with his sisters and the past week or so he has acted out horribly and I can't figure out why. ...
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My 5 y/o son is defiant. How can I improve his behavior?

I’m struggling to find ways to influence my son's behavior. What we’ve done at home seems to result in only short-term effects. My husband and I have tried everything we can possibly think of: ...
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Our 10 month old baby spits food in our faces to entertain us

We've had no problems feeding our 10 months old baby, and in general she eats (almost) all her meals without complaining. However, she figured out a few weeks back that spitting out the food is fun, ...
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How to tell your child it's no longer funny/a game?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm struggling with online searches as "game" results in many unrelated questions. We've recently put our 2 year old (27 month) daughter in a new bed without ...
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My friend's kids are a bad influence on my children

My husband and I have a couple friend who has two children ages 5 (boy ) and 2.5 (girl). We have a 3.5yr old son and a 20mo old girl. The two families get together quite often. The parents have ...
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How do I get my 8-year-old, who was diagnosed with ADHD, to be respectful and do her chores?

I have an integrated family and I have 3 children in total: My husband's 14-year-old daughter, my 8-year-old daughter and our 5-month-old son. My 8-year-old has ADHD which I'm having difficulty with ...
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Research into dealing with kids biting

I'm a grandad wondering. I'm watching my kids and their contemporaries deal with various parenting issues that my wife and I encountered ourselves. As they're living some way away I don't often get ...
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My child spit water in another kid's face — now what?

My seven-year-old slurped water from a fountain and then squirted at another kid, thinking it was funny. Needless to say the other parent is angry with me. He started at a new school this year and ...
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Control and power struggles with 4 year old - runs off and gets angry when challenged

I have a 4 year old son who although can be very kind, thoughtful and lovely to be around, exhibits difficult behavior at home and at school which I think are related to power struggles and control. ...
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How do I punish my 4 year old for biting at school?

My daughter got in trouble for biting today at school. She's been struggling behaviorally in school for a while now. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to take toys and tv from her and if so how long? I'...
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My preschooler is acting out in school

My child is continuously acting up at school. Almost daily she comes home with a bad note about how she wasn't nice to friends or being defiant. Idk what to do anymore and I feel like a failure. ...
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My boy likes biting his nails

I have a 2 years 4 month boy. He is very smart. Lately he likes biting his nails, so his nails is always short lately. I do not know whether he swallows the cut-ed nails or not, but I rarely see the ...
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Fake driver's license discovered — how to deal with situation?

My daughter leaves her purse in the car, even at night which is really unsafe, even for the city we live in. I wanted to teach her a lesson about the dangers of leaving valuables in a car and ...
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Why is my daughter shouting so much?

My ten months old daughter has been in a little nursery for a couple of months now. There, she has begun to act more wildly. It is something we expected and we like her getting in touch with other ...
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Parent exclusivity in relationship with (other gender) friends? [closed]

My question is not so much about children that about the behavior a parent should have in its relationship with the other loved parent? (Hope that's ok, could not find another stack board for this) As ...
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Can admonishing hinder a child's mental growth?

I recently got into a heated argument with my sister over her not admonishing her 5 year old son. Sometimes he does things that really need a firm warning. For example, doing things that might cause ...
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3 year old acts out for parents, but not for nanny

My wife and I are having trouble with our 2.5/3 year old daughter. We have a newborn (1 month old) that we believe is the reason. We are guessing she is jeolous of the attention that her new baby ...
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My 6 year old son does not listen when I tell him to stop something immediately. Should I beat him?

At times when I ask my son to stop doing something immediately he does not stop. should I beat him in that case? I know the answer might be no but I need an alternative in which he listens and stops ...
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How to help my 6 yr old who does a lot of self talking, becoming aggressive with teachers and classmates and lacking concentration in studies?

My son is in year 1 and he was doing really good in studies until last month. But, he is a bit lazy and does not usually take care of his belongings and is never ready to take any initiative to ...
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How to deal with a 3-year-old very high energy child as a single mom?

I have a three year old who just loves to push my buttons. I'm a single mom who has him every night but while I work he goes to his father. His dad says he tried to follow the same discipline and naps ...
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As a stranger how do I deal with teenagers misbehaving or being a nuisance in public [closed]

This question arose after a few teenagers in a group of ten were being a nuisance. Two were on a single bike swaying all over the place riding on the pavement. They nearly crashed into a car and a ...
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How can I help my son be more independent with his homework?

Well, I'm concerned because my son didn't do the work he's given from school, the work is tough but I think the problem might only be in one of his classes. I pushed him today to do the homework he's ...
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How do I instruct my openly defiant son?

I don't know for sure if my 8-year-old son actually enjoys creating conflict, but he does it a lot. I could go on and on with examples, but one in particular prompted me to ask this question. We were ...
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How to deal with extreme misbehavior of younger siblings?

I have a 3yr old a 5 year old and an 11 yr old who have just been the most exceptionally worst behaved children on this planet, between the 3&5 yr olds, they backchat, break things, have drawn on ...
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What can we do to get my cousin's 8-year-old to behave, instead of destroying things and blaming others?

My cousin's 8-year-old son seems to be one of the worst kids I know. We have tried so many different angles of punishment and tried to compromise... First to start with, he likes to get into things. ...
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Behavior advice to prevent child from touching harness release

Relating to my other question: Device to prevent child from loosening harness release of car seat My daughter, age 3, can now reach the harness release of her car seat, and has lately be defiant. ...
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Can a punishment be devoid of any “violence”?

If parents give a spank to their child, this is considered violence and as such frown upon - and in some countries simply a crime under the law. In my observation, parents who don't want to spank ...
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What are suggested way to deal with a “distracted” 6 year old?

My daughter is constantly being distracted and we are struggling to distinguish if she is not listening due to defiant behavior versus something that she is struggling with that she doesn't have full ...
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How should I handle “he/she told me to do it” excuses from siblings?

Sometimes (too frequent for my liking) when questioned "Why did you do this 100% prohibited or simply boneheaded thing", my kids' response is "he/she - pointing at the sibling - told me to do it". At ...