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Is My Child a Troublemaker?

Learn how to tell whether a child's bad behavior is just typical kid stuff or something more -- and what to do about it.

Step 4: Accentuate the Positive. Eliminate the Negative. continued...

Don't try to solve every behavioral problem simultaneously -- just focus on one at a time.

"Zero in on only that behavior over and over and over again. If you focus on too many behaviors at once you'll never get the change," Borba says.

Be patient. It can take about three weeks of constant repetition before you start seeing results. "You'll see a slow, gradual change in baby steps where the old behavior stops and the new behavior kicks in," Borba says. "Don't be frustrated. It's tough."

Reviewed on November 09, 2011
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