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Squabbling, baiting and fighting is another way children vie to get attention so the key is not to get sucked in by it. As a parent, you will be negotiating peace deals on a regular basis and bear in mind sibling rivalry is often at its worst between the ages of four and 11.
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If it’s hair-brushing that causes the upset, set up a hairdressers, starting with dolls and teddies first.
Make hair-washing fun by introducing swimming goggles that will stop the soap or shampoo getting in a child’s eyes.
For young children, one of Nanny’s favourites for rewarding good behaviour is the gold star chart.
If you understand why your child behaves in a certain way, you will be more able to manage the situation.
Sit with them until they have calmed down, then ask them to explain what caused the upset. If they repeat the behaviour, remove them and start again.
Even though she is battery powered and made of plastic."Turn back the sheet first! "Despite having two children myself, aged four and one, my hands begin to shake with nerves. And just when I think I have got the hang of it, comes the final order: "Tuck your hair in!A lack of quality attention is the cause of many behavioural problems. Maintain eye contact during tricky behaviour by kneeling or crouching down at the child’s level.Some parents fuel tantrums by reacting to them, getting angry, being overly sympathetic or giving in. The way to defuse a tantrum quickly is to divert the child before the full-blown tantrum has set in — a technique which is particularly good with the under-threes. Avoid tantrums on shopping trips by involving the child in a game while you shop and keep the trips short.Lots of parents use ‘time out’ when a child has hurt another child or been unkind.For most parents, this means temporarily separating the child from the environment in which the misbehaviour occurred — and leaving them on their own (some parents use a ‘naughty step’).