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  • Difficulties with Sharing Objects—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Children who have difficulty sharing either do not understand the concept of taking turns with toys and materials or they understand the concept of sharing but do not engage in sharing. While toddlers can frequently demonstrate spontaneous prosocial behaviors like sharing, they should not be expected

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  • Difficulty Participating in Group Activities—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    Difficulty participating in group activities is a common experience for young children, and it affects boys and girls alike. Children who have difficulty in group activities often have challenges during large-group settings, such as circle time, morning meetings, or story time. Children who have difficulty

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  • Digital Media and Your Family: TV, Computers, Cell Phones, and Other Screens

    While family is the most important influence in a child’s life, media in all its forms, including TV, computers, and other screens, are not far behind. Because media can influence how children think, feel, and behave, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to help their children

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  • Discipline and Your Child

    As a parent, one of your jobs is to teach your child how to behave. While this can take time, try not to get frustrated when your child does not behave. Instead, learn effective ways to discipline your child. The following is guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to discipline your

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  • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    The term disruptive behavioral disorders includes a number of problems, usually oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. In preschoolers, disorder of disruptive anger and aggression is a more developmentally specific way of categorizing problems with extreme emotional and behavioral reactions.

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  • Divorce and Children

    Every year, more than 1 million children in the United States experience the divorce of their parents. Because the average divorce takes place within the first 7 years of marriage, many of these children are very young. For many children, divorce can be as difficult as the death of a parent. Children

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  • Drug Abuse Prevention Starts with Parents
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  • Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia

    The 2 most well-known eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia is self-starvation. Bulimia is a disorder in which a person eats large amounts of food (binges) and then tries to undo the effects of the binge in some way, usually by ridding the body of the food that was eaten.

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  • Everybody Gets Mad: Helping Your Child Cope with Conflict
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  • Expect Respect: Healthy Relationships
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  • Fear and Anxiety—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    All children experience fear and anxiety at times. Fear of real and perceived danger will continue to protect children throughout the life span. Many fears and anxieties emerge from growing cognitive abilities and are part of typical development. Children’s fear is real and requires responsive caregiving.

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  • Gambling: Not a Safe Thrill

    Many Americans gamble for fun. However, for young people, gambling may become a serious addiction. The chances of a young gambler getting "hooked" are far greater than those of an adult.

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  • Gender Development and Diversity—Behavioral Issues in Child Care and Schools

    It is estimated that about 0.6% of adults identify as gender diverse or transgender. Rates in preschoolers and early childhood are not well established. Some young children who identify as gender diverse may grow up to be transgender youth or adults, and some may not.

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  • Help Stop Teenage Suicide
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  • Helping Your Child Cope With Death

    By school age, children understand that death is an irreversible event. Yet even though youngsters recognize that death is something more than going to sleep for a long time, they still may have many unanswered questions that they may not verbalize: Where did grandmother go when she died? What is she

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  • Helping Your Child Cope With Life

    Every parent's dream is to raise perfect children who have no worries and lead charmed, happy lives free of pain and hurt. We dream that we can keep our children safe from loss, heartache, and danger. But even if we could, would it really help them?

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