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Common Behavior Problems in School-Age Children

Typical child disciplline problems that can arise in 5- to 10-year-old children


Along with the wonderful milestones you can expect to see among school-age children such as increased independence and ability to handle more responsibilities, there is also the less-pleasant emergence of common behavior problems for this age group.

While child-discipline issues such as defiance and back talk may have cropped up at earlier ages in a child, such behaviors can take on a entirely-more challenging aspect as children become older, more verbal, and more independent.

Here are some typical behavior problems you can expect to see in children at this age.

1. How to Handle Defiant Children

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If you are hearing a whole lotta "no's" from your child or are increasingly seeing defiant behavior such as refusing to do something you asked your child to do, you are not alone. Defiant behavior is a very common problem among school-age children. But with the right strategies, you can get to the root of your child's behavior and get your child back on your team.

2. Why Kids Tattle and What You Can Do About It

Tattling is an annoying but very common problem among grade-school age kids. Children this age are figuring out right from wrong, learning about rules and consequences, and putting a high value on being fair. All that is a recipe for tattling, but parents can help guide kids toward more positive behavior and teach children how to tell the difference between tattling and telling to help someone.

3. Solutions for Sibling Rivalry and Fighting

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As much as your children may love one another, sibling rivalry and fighting is a very common part of many sibling relationships. Here are some excellent ideas for building sibling love and reducing the friction that can lead to sibling conflict among brothers and sisters.

4. How to Handle Dawdling

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Does your child take 10 minutes to put on one sock in the morning? Is she a s-l-o-w eater who takes a half-hour to eat a few bites of her dinner? This frustrating behavior can be managed with some fun and creative solutions.

5. How to Stop Whining in Children

Whining can be one of the most unpleasant sounds known to Man. And as almost every parent can attest, children are born with the ability to produce this sound, almost as if it's something encoded into their DNA. The good news is that with a few simple strategies, parents can get their kids to stop whining--and save their sanity in the process.

6. How to Handle a Child Who is Talking Back

Talking back may be a normal part of child development, but it's certainly one of the most maddening. Here are some tried-and-true techniques for nipping this behavior problem in the bud and helping your child express herself in a more appropriate and respectful manner.

7. What to Do When a Child Won’t Go to Bed

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Is bedtime all too often a battle of wills in your house? If your child regularly won't go to bed or has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try these tips to find out what may be causing her sleep problems and learn how to help her get a good night's rest -- something that's especially important for school-age children.

8. How to Help Shy Kids

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while some parents may worry that shyness in their child may be something that could be a drawback, research shows that there are many positive aspects and benefits to being an introvert.

9. How to Handle Lying in Children

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Having your child lie to you can be upsetting. But the truth is that lying is a common behavior among children that can be addressed with love and reassurance balanced out with consequences.

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