Archive for June, 2015

Acting Out to Obtain Something Tangible

Sometimes when a child misbehaves, she’s trying to get attention from a parent. Other times, she wants a particular object, like a toy. Even though the tantrums may be the same, the difference in the reasons behind the tantrums are very important. A child who acts out to obtain something tangible should be dealt with differently than a child who acts out to get your attention. (Incidentally, the official classification of this behavior is called “socially mediated positive reinforcement.” We’ve written before about the different functions of behavior in this post here.) Let’s explore what parents can do to handle…

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