(HealthDay News) -- Three-year-old children may be among the most difficult to manage as they become more independent and talkative.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these ways to manage the sometimes terrible 3's:
- Be positive, and try to yell less often.
- Be aware of your child's needs.
- Give the child your full attention in frequent, small doses.
- Touch your child by snuggling and hugging. And don't be afraid to say you love him or her.
- Anticipate repeat problem behavior, intervene before the behavior begins and encourage the child to make good choices.
- Set clear, simple expectations for your child's behavior.
- Give the child lots of praise and positive reinforcement.
- Praise effort, even if the outcome isn't successful.
- Be consistent with expectations and responses.
- When all else fails, call for a time-out in a specific location.
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