Ask the Child Psychologist

Protecting Your Toddler from Hitting and Bullying During Playdates

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Virtually all three-year-olds go through a bossy phase. And most toddlers go through a brief biting or hitting phase that ends after a few incidents when the parents express their shock and dismay. Two- and three-year-olds are still trying to figure out what is socially acceptable behavior.

Preparing Your Little One for the Separation While You Birth the New Baby

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Many women worry about leaving their older child when they go to the hospital to give birth to their baby. It doesn't help that labor is by definition unpredictable in both timing and length, making it even harder to prepare a child who is often little more than a baby himself.