Archive for February, 2012


Thursday, February 9th, 2012

When it becomes ‘problem’ behaviour

It is normal for young children to have tantrums occasionally, and they tend to do so when frustrated; unable to communicate their needs or when testing their parents decisions.

It may indicate a sign of a problem behaviour if the young child is having tantrums frequently and they become difficult to manage.

Persistent behaviour to be aware of is:

  • kicking and lashing out at others
  • biting themselves, others and objects
  • frequent screaming, throwing themselves about
  • breaking toys or whatever is near to hand
  • lack of sleep or not sleeping at all
  • feeding issues
  • throwing objects at others
  • smearing faeces

Young children may show some or all of the above from as young as 18 months of age. Seek professional advice if you feel overwhelmed and unable to change the behaviour.

Toilet Training

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Primary school teachers report a rise in the number of children having toileting accidents and it appears parents are leaving the responsibility of toilet training to schools.