Category - Temperaments

The Struggle for Control: Who’s in Charge Here?

Discipline & Behavior

Do you have a master negotiator at home—a child who likes to control every conversation and/or changes the rules to suit his needs?  If so, you may be stuck in the cycle of frequent, exhausting parent-child power struggles.  Kids who crave control may fight parents on everything: daily routines, food choices, play dates, and more.  They may be rigid thinkers who expect that everyone will conform to their rules, ideas, and plans.  If you give such children a choice between A and B, they will most likely choose option C. They can be quite creative, intense, and persistent!   Socially,… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on October 23, 2012

Childhood Anxiety: How to Know when It’s Time for Help

Preteens & Teens

We all have moments when we worry:  “How am I going to get everything done?”; “What if I said the wrong thing?”; “Did I turn off the stove?” the list can go on and on.  So how do we know when what you or a family member is experiencing is within the typical range of anxious behavior or when it has exceeded that?   While there is no “one size fits all” answer to that question, there are a number of things to help you evaluate whether additional help is warranted.   So how common is anxiety? According to the National Institute… Continue Reading

Posted by Mimi Ezray on October 1, 2012

Parental Preference

Parenting Skills

It is common for young children to prefer one parent to the other. This preference can be attributed to a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental, including temperament similarities between parent and child, spending more time with one parent, or big events going on in the family, such as the birth of a new sibling. It can also be about a child’s need to test whether or not he has control over who takes care of him and gives him attention. Temperament similarities can be both beneficial and challenging for the parent-child relationship.  For example, an introverted parent and… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on August 6, 2012

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