There are times, though, when they throw me for a total loop.
As parents we’ve all experienced it: a formerly sweet, sensitive child lashes out at a friend at school. The kid who’s the first to fess up tells a whopper of a lie. The quiet little girl inexplicably starts throwing epic tantrums. What gives?
I know what it’s like to suddenly worry that my child is exhibiting potentially serious behavior issues, and folks? It’s not fun. It’s downright terrifying to have those middle-of-the-night fears about a child’s behavior.
So where’s the line between “typical” and “troublesome” behavior? I’ve consulted with two parenting experts, Katie Hurley, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, and Deborah Gilboa, Board Certified Family Physician, who are here to give us their takes on six common issues families face.
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Katie Hurley Katie is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She has a kind and creative daughter, a music and truck loving son, and a rock and roll husband who make her life complete. Katie writes a parenting advice blog, Practical Parenting, and founded an infertility support community, Clomid and Cabernet. Katie can also be found onTwitter.
Doctor G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) Doctor G is a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four, author of Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch! She’s also the host of the new PBS show “The Parent Institute” premiering in February 2013.