There is an extensive amount of parenting advice out there. From the moment that you announce that Baby is on the way, people start offering parenting advice based on what worked for their child. If you Google a simple parenting question like, “How do I get my child to sleep in their bed overnight”, you will be met with over 64 million search results. Some of these recommendations will work for one child and not another, some have research to support them, and others rely on trial and error. All of this information can be overwhelming and how do you know where to start?
Knowing the right way to respond can become even more overwhelming when your child is pushing boundaries and testing limits. Parents will often react to the behaviour automatically based on their emotional response, and this can lead to more frustration for both the parent and child. Below we add to the abundance of parenting advice with the goal of helping parents tune into what their child’s behaviour is communicating. Every child is different and having an understanding of the purpose behind a behaviour can give you valuable information for a more effective response.