Child Psychology and Development For Dummies
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Parents’ work never stops. Parents usually do the best job with their kids that they can. Here are a few tips to help them along:

  • Show kids love through hugs, kisses, and pats on the back.

  • Show kids love through words.

  • Keep kids busy — they’ll be less likely to misbehave.

  • Catch children doing good things and praise them for their efforts.

  • When kids misbehave, talk slowly and calmly — keep your own emotions in check.

  • Be clear about your limits, boundaries, and rules.

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Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical and school psychologist. Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Together they have written several books, including Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies.

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