Today Show: Positive Attention Can Reduce Bratty Behavior In Kids

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: Teach Kids Difference Between Right And Wrong

Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Today mom contributor and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…, Amy McCready, and Jennifer Hartstein, child psychologist and author of Princess Recovery, to discuss how to deal with a bratty child. Jennifer said that bratty behavior is common and it’s a tough ling between setting limits for your children and being mean.

Today Show: Positive Attention Can Reduce Bratty Behavior In Kids

Parenting experts gave advice on how to deal with bratty behavior.

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“It’s okay for your kids not to like you sometimes…. You have to be a disciplinarian. That’s how they learn right or wrong,” Jennifer said. She said that if you do not teach them the difference between right and wrong while they are still children, then they will not know how to differentiate between right and wrong in the real world.

How To Deal With A Child’s Temper Tantrums

If your child is throwing a tantrum in the grocery store, Amy and Jennifer suggest dealing with it right away by removing your child from that environment. They said that the more attention a bratty tantrum draws, the more likely the child is to repeat the behavior. They suggested letting the child throw the tantrum and see that it does not do any good for them or let them get their way, so they will not do it again.

Today Show: Positive Attention Reinforces Good Behavior

They said to give positive attention to your child when they are not misbehaving, so that they make the connection between good behavior and good consequences and so they’re not only rewarded when you want their bad behavior to stop.

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Amy and Jennifer also mentioned that kids are modeling their behavior after what they see in television shows, so you need to be the model for your children. Behave in a way that they will pick up on and try to model themselves after you.

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