1. Toddlers
  2. Behaviour

Toddler behaviour: common concerns

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    Lies: why children lie and what to do

    Most children tell lies, but it can be a surprise when you first hear your child lying. Here’s how to encourage honesty and help your child avoid lying.

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    Swearing: toddlers and preschoolers

    It can be a shock when you first hear your toddler or preschooler swear. Here’s a practical guide to children’s swearing, including tips to handle swearing.

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    Fear of strangers: babies and young children

    Fear of strangers is normal for babies and young children. If fear of strangers is upsetting you or your child, our practical strategies can help.

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    Overstimulation: babies and children

    If your baby or young child is cranky and tired, these might be signs of overstimulation. Find out how to balance activity and downtime for your child.

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    Breath-holding

    Watching your child have a breath-holding spell can be scary. But your child will start breathing again, usually in about one minute. Read more.

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    Children’s habits

    Lots of children have habits like nail-biting. Most habits go away by themselves. But if you need to help children break habits, here are practical steps.

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    Fear of the bath: babies and toddlers

    Some babies and toddlers are afraid of the bath, and bath time can feel like a battle. Here’s how to help your child learn to enjoy the bath.

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    Pestering: what to do about it

    Pestering – it can be really frustrating. So how can you handle pester power? This article has practical tips on what to do when children pester.

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    When children ask for things: how to respond constructively

    Children often ask for things. Sometimes you can say ‘yes’, but sometimes it’s ‘no’. Your responses teach kids about communication, respect and compromise.

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    Shyness and children

    Some children are naturally slow to warm up or uncomfortable in social situations. If your child experiences shyness, you can help. Get tips.

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