|When your child:
|It may mean your child:
|Is tired, not feeling well or hungry.
|Feels replaced by a new person in the family—baby, stepparent or live-in adult.
|Is too young (under 3 years of age).
|Feels left out, insecure or unloved.
|Has been unfairly compared to other children.
|Needs experience in owning/sharing.
|Has been given unfair treatment.
|So do not:
|Ignore or isolate your child.
|Shame your child.
|Snatch from your child.
|Shame, scold or punish your child.
|Ignore your child.
|Scold your child.
|Tell your child you do not like him or her.
|You might try:
|Showing more interest in your child.
|Giving warmth, love and understanding.
|Being sure your child has things that are just his or hers— allowing children to experience ownership.
|Praising your child for effort and success.
|Discussing feelings one-to-one.
|Having enough materials for each of your children.
|Sharing yourself with your child.
|Observing how your child copes with jealousy.
|Promoting good feelings about who your child is and what he or she can do.
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