Parents of school age children can provide guidance and support, protect their child's safety and look after their health. Good nutrition, physical activity, sleep and immunisation are all important.
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Topic: Children (4-12) - behaviour
Untreated behavioural disorders in children may mean they grow up to be dysfunctional adults.
Parents can help with bullying by supporting their child and involving the authorities to find solutions.
Children with untreated conduct disorder are at increased risk of problems including substance use, personality disorders and mental illnesses.
Oppositional defiant disorder is a childhood behavioural problem characterised by constant disobedience and hostility.
Disciplining your child means teaching them responsible behaviour and self-control.
Peer groups can be a very positive influence on your teenager's life.
If your child's shyness is especially debilitating, you may like to consider professional help from a counsellor or psychologist.
Sibling rivalry is a common problem, particularly among children who are the same sex and close together in age.
Your child may have only a few scary dreams a year, or be troubled by nightmares much more often.
If you restrict yourself to a narrow range of foods, your child will notice and copy your wariness.
Some toddlers do most of their eating on the run, refusing to sit down at the table at all.
See also Babies (0-3) - Behaviour