Child Behavior & Discipline

Wind-up teeth toy

What to Do When Your Child Talks Too Much

Do you have a motormouth kid at home? Here's what to do when your child talks too much – and how to cope without squelching their spirit.
An illustration of parents' hands reaching to remove a kid's crown

Taking Back Power from ‘Alpha Kids’

Studies show that in modern homes, children increasingly rule the roost – often in deceptively harmless ways. Here’s what to look for and how you can rein 'alpha kids' in.
A young screaming boy

How to Discipline Disrespectful Children

Has your child started acting out or talking back? Here, a metro Detroit psychologist offers five tips for handling disrespectful children and how to discipline them, too.
A cute toddler girl with clenched fists

Why Toddlers Hit and What to Do When Your Child Won’t Stop

Any parent whose been slapped by his or her tot has wondered why toddlers hit in the first place. Read on for insight from an Oakland County expert.
Parents looking stressed surrounded by mess and misbehaving kids

Handling Kids’ Behavior During the Coronavirus Pandemic

What do you do when kids act up out of fear and frustration during a world pandemic? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these coronavirus tips.
Two sets of blue and red hands shake on a blue background

The Dos and Don’ts of Bribing Kids

Feel like you're constantly begging, bartering or getting bowled over? Rethink discipline and discover the dos and don'ts of properly incentivizing, i.e. bribing, kids.
A boy and a girl giving each other a side hug

Why Your Kids Need Boy-Girl Relationships

Opposite-sex friendships are more important than you may think. Here's why boy-girl relationships are healthy and have plenty of benefits for kids later.
Child holding his ears while yelling on a gray background

Embracing Anger and Negative Emotions: Why It Matters for Kids

When children are sobbing or lashing out, it can be hard for parents to help them deal, but it's a huge disservice to shut down them down. Learn why – and how parents can support kids in embracing anger and negative emotions.
Image of a button that features a girl and the words "no one likes a tattle-tale"

Tattletale Kids: Why Kids Snitch and What Parents Can Do

Here's a look at what motivates tattletale kids, plus nine tips and ideas to help kids break the habit and build conflict resolution skills.
Girl holding soccer ball with fist raised

Teaching Control to Your Overly Competitive Child

From aggression to self-imposed pressure, competitiveness can sometimes negatively affect kids. Work on teaching control to your overly competitive child.
A child screaming

Why Kids Misbehave and What Parents Can Do

A clinical psychologist weighs in on why kids misbehave – and two local parents share insight on how parents should handle their child's bad behavior.
A drawing of a puzzled looking man on a green background

Tips on Dealing with Other People’s Kids

It can be complicated. Their parents' rules or yours? Can you discipline them? And what about posting photos on Facebook? Here are some practical dos and don'ts to dealing with other people's kids.