Exposing your child to TV programming (particularly fast-paced programs) before the age of 2 years. This creates over stimulation that can lead to attention problems later in life.
Solution: Use TV as a teacher, not a babysitter. Restrict watching to age-appropriate shows and for a limited time. Too much TV may have a negative effect on their brain development and ability to learn. Further, it takes away from the needed social, emotional and cognitive development the child needs through human interaction and playing.
Too much sugary foods and drinks. Adding all this extra sugar that your child doesn't need to be healthy will only add extra fat to their growing bodies. This can affect sleep, energy, self-esteem and activity levels.
Solution: Set strict daily limits to what your child can and cannot eat. Teaching them self control at an early age will increase their problem solving skills and self-esteem.
NOTE: Adding just 100 extra calories a day from soda or candy can increase your child's weight by 10 pounds in one year!
Parents' bad behavior towards their children and others. Children mimic everything they see their parents doing, which includes behaviors - good or bad. The parents are the biggest role model in the child's life.
Solution: Parents need to take a close look at their behavior if it is angry or disrespectful. "Children will internalize that behavior and act similarly", writes Dr. Christakis. Children want to please their parents and will do as their parents do. If you want to change this behavior, act more pleasant, patient and thankful.
Making disciplining your child a large production. Your child sees if you blow up or are in control. They enjoy getting a rise out of Mom and Dad. After all, negative attention is better than no attention at all.
Solution: Most often when children act out, it is to get attention. Setting boundaries in place and reinforcing them appropriately and in a timely manner, will reinforce your rules that cannot be broken. Parents need to be consistent with discipline, without the drama of creating a scene. As your child sees you are in control, they will follow in line. Praising them for good behavior will help reinforce that good behavior, and will give them the attention from Mom and Dad they crave.
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