Our expert says:
Hey, Kitty, some mornings I'm not sure if I'm the right person to ask, either ! Maybe some of the experienced Mom's who frequent this forum will be able to come up with some useful comments and suggestions, too.
KIds, from very early on, vary in personality, and for instance, some will be more dominant or even inclined to bully others. But generally, like adults, kids tend to do more of whatever is rewarding for them, and less of whatever is either not rewarding or has unpleasant consequences.
The prime currency at this age ( and an important one at any age ) is attention. Negative attention may be felt as better than no attention, and some kids want more of it than others. SO withdrawing attention, such as the now well-known placement in the Naughty Chair, or placing in the cot without stroking, verbal or physial, after clearly saying NO to whatever bad behaviour was being shown ; PLUS - giving lavish and pleasant attention when you can catch him doing what you DO want him to do, can diminish the unwelcome behaviours and increase those you desire.
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