Younger Children

If you are parenting a young child, you know how challenging it can be to manage their wide range of behaviors. From noncompliance and refusal to listen to full blown temper tantrums, it can be hard to know how to respond to these types of behaviors effectively. While many of these behaviors are normal and age appropriate (ever heard of The Terrible Twos?), it's still difficult to know what to do in the moment. For help with what to do when your young child is acting out or having a meltdown, check out the articles below. Empowering Parents experts offer proven techniques and strategies to get you through these challenging younger years.

Managing the Meltdown

Attention-Seeking Behavior in Young Children: Do's and Don'ts for Parents

Defiant Young Children and Toddlers: 5 Things Not to Do

Stop Aggressive Behavior in Kids and Tweens: Is Your Child Screaming, Pushing and Hitting?

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“You know the kid that no one wants to play with? The kid who stands alone at recess or lunch? Who never gets invited to birthday parties? That’s my kid. And it breaks my heart.” When a child is aggressive toward others—hitting, screaming, pushing, throwing things—the natural response of others is to avoid this child.... Read more »

Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

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As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn’t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from... Read more »

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Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

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Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, "He's a good kid, but..." would you use words like “defiant,” “whiny,” “unmotivated,” “disrespectful,” “angry,” or “demanding,” with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is... Read more »

5 Steps to Giving Effective Consequences to Young Kids

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When the young child in your house breaks the rules, do you find yourself frustrated and confused about the next step to take? The key to creating better behavior at this tender age is to begin teaching your child the concept of consequences. There’s no better time than now to help your kids understand that... Read more »

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