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Author: Anthony Kane, MD

Why Your Child Steals

If your child is stealing, then you are probably extremely worried about it. You also may be wondering what exactly is the best way to handle the problem. In this article we will discuss the reasons why children steal and what you should do to help your child with this problem. Preschool children do not steal. Until a child reaches the age of four or five he does not have a well-developed concept of ownership. As a result, he cannot understand that taking things that don’t belong to him is wrong. A preschooler is too young to understand the concept of stealing. Elementary school children do understand the concept of possession. A child in elementary school steals because he sees something that he wants and he lacks the self- control to hold himself back. A child this age knows that stealing is wrong. Since the child knows what he did was inappropriate this is the age where you can begin to give discipline for stealing. Preteens or teens steal for the thrill of it. They are also highly influenced by peer pressure and they fall into a crowd that steals for fun, they will steal too. Preteens or teens may steal to fill an emotional void, or to gain a sense of control. Whatever the age of your child and whatever the reason your child is stealing, you as...

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Getting Your Teenager Out of Bed

A lot of teenagers have trouble getting up in the morning. If you have a difficult, defiant or oppositional defiant teenager, it could be that getting your child up in the morning for school could become a daily chore that you dread. You go in his room, wake him up again and again, but he does not get up. Finally, you have to force him to get out of bed – cursing and screaming, yelling at one another – all just to get him to go to school on time. What exactly should you do about this? First of all we should examine this situation much more closely. Your teenager is supposed to go to school – that means he has to get there on time. It is his job to get there on time. Is it your problem or the child’s problem that he gets to school on time? If you look at it carefully, it is your child’s responsibility – you have been through school already. It is his job to make sure he gets to school on time and fulfills his responsibilities. The truth is that if you are making it your job to get your child up for school on time and not letting him take responsibility for that, then you have made it your job and not his job. That is really the problem....

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ODD Teens: Discipline

Do you have problems disciplining your ODD teenager in your home? The number one parenting tool that works for everyone is consequences. That’s right, you set out limits for your children and then follow up with consequences when the limit is broken. But consequences don’t work, you say. My kids just don’t seem to care. Well, maybe your consequences are not effective consequences. Maybe the results of breaking a boundary is really just a punishment. And punishments don’t work. Punishments cause resentment in the child and do nothing to change behavior. Ask yourself, am I just punishing my ODD...

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Controlling Your Childs Anger: The Pen Technique

Today we are going to discuss a very interesting technique that will help you reduce the level of anger in your child, even if your child have Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, or is just a difficult child. It is not always possible to use this technique, but when you can apply it, it is 100% effective. I will explain to you why that is. We all know that emotions affect the body. For example, a person who is upset or angry has a faster pulse, higher blood pressure, more rapid breathing, etc. There are physiological changes in the body because...

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How to Discipline Your Child

So you find your defiant child cursing or yelling at you regularly and you quickly realize that you’ve got to understand how to discipline your child before things get any worse. Is there a solution to your problem? Let me help you with that. I’ve spent many years understanding both parent and child behaviors to see how each interact with each other. The key to applying appropriate discipline is using consequences and using them effectively. Many parents assume that they can change child behavior with strict punishment. And when that doesn’t work, punish them even more. But that risks...

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