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Not listening

Not listening can be frustrating for parents - but it's also pretty normal for young kids. Here are ways to help your child take more notice of what you say.

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  • Biting

    Biting happens for a number of reasons. Babies can bite while breastfeeding to let you know they're finished or because they're teething while older children can bit out of frustration. Like most tricky behaviour, it won't last forever - but how you react can affect how long biting continues. Read moreBiting

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  • Pinching

    Pinching can be a sign your child may be getting frustrated or want some attention. Here are some things other parents have found helpful when dealing with pinching. Read morePinching

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  • Hiding things

    When your child keeps hiding things it can be frustrating (especially when it's something you need in a hurry). But it's all part of their learning - and yours! Read moreHiding things

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  • Lying

    When under-fives lie, it's not about them being bad or naughty. It's often hard for them to tell the difference between what's real and what's not, so try not to overreact. Read moreLying

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  • Being rude

    When a young child is rude, swears or answers back, they're often looking for a reaction from you. It's important to have simple, clear rules that everyone follows, so your kids know what's OK in your home. Read moreBeing rude

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  • Fighting with siblings

    Most kids fight with their brothers and sisters, and sometimes with their friends. Here are some ways you can reduce conflict. Read moreFighting with siblings

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  • Crying

    All babies cry - some more than others. It's their way of telling you what they need. At times they'll cry more than usual and be harder to calm. Here are tips for coping with crying. Read moreCrying

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  • Being fussy about food

    Food battles are never fun. If you want kids to have a healthy relationship with food, it's best not to turn it into a power struggle. Here are some tips to make mealtimes a less stressful experience. Read moreBeing fussy about food

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  • Having toilet accidents

    Learning to use the toilet is one of the hardest stages there is. If you've got other stuff on your plate, it probably won't be helping the situation. Read moreHaving toilet accidents

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  • Making shopping hard

    Supermarkets and other shops are exciting places for little people - and meltdowns are common. Here are some ways other parents have made shopping less of a struggle. Read moreMaking shopping hard

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  • Running away

    When young kids think it's fun to run away from you it can be very scary - and stressful. Here are some ways you can help keep them safe. Read moreRunning away

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  • Not keen on toothbrushing

    It's no fun trying to brush the teeth of an unwilling child. Here are some ways to prevent it from becoming an unpleasant experience for you both. Read moreNot keen on toothbrushing

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  • Refusing the car seat

    Car seat battles are no fun for anyone. Here are some things you can try to keep kids safe while keeping your cool. Read moreRefusing the car seat

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  • Terrible when travelling

    Travelling with kids can be hard on everyone. If you're prepared things will go much more smoothly. Here are some tips for a better journey. Read moreTerrible when travelling

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  • Spitting

    Spitting is often a way for kids to get more of your attention. How you react will affect how long this unpleasant habit sticks around. Here are some strategies for stopping spitting in its tracks. Read moreSpitting

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  • Not sleeping

    When your child won't go to sleep, it can be very frustrating, especially when you're tired too. While you can't force your kids to sleep there are lots of things you can do to make it more likely that they'll settle. Read moresleeping

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  • Throwing things

    When kids work out how to throw things, they're usually delighted with this new skill and want to do it all the time. To avoid others getting hurt, the trick is to help your child learn when, what and how. Read moreThrowing things

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  • Throwing tantrums

    Tantrums are really common with under-fives - and many parents find them hard to deal with. You won't be able to prevent every tantrum, but there are things you can do to make them less likely. And we've also got tips for keeping your cool when they do happen. Read moreThrowing tantrums

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  • Hitting

    Hitting is often how kids show their frustration. It's often hard not to overreact, but how you handle will affect how long the hitting continues. Here are some ways to prevent your child hitting and what to do when they lash out. Read moreHitting

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  • Misbehaving

    Sometimes it may feel like you can't take your kids anywhere. More formal occasions like religious services, weddings or funerals can be particularly hard on young kids – and on you! Here are some ways to reduce stress all round. Read moreMisbehaving

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  • Not tidying up

    When your child drags stuff out and won’t put it back - it can really push your buttons. Depending on their age, you'll need to try different things to help them learn about tidying up. Read moreNot tidying up

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  • Whining

    Most kids whine at some stage - and most parents find it hard to deal with. Here are some ways to tackle this often irritating behaviour. Read moreWhining

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