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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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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