When easy kids turn into difficult kids

Psychotherapist & Author Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, shares advice for parents shares advice for parents on what to do when easy kids turn into difficult ones and what can cause the change in kids
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When easy kids turn into difficult kids

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There are times when our children are flexible, easy-going, and cooperative; and then there are times when they are none of those things. Where they dig their heels in the sand, they erupt over little things. Those are times, as parents, we think; is there something going on? Are they getting enough sleep? Is there something going on at school? We can't figure out why they are not themselves. We wonder if they are sick. Actually, there are times when their brain goes through spurts of development. Just like their body is growing, their body is developing, and their brains are as well. The pediatrician, Dr. Brazelton, talks about in development, there are times of disorganization before there is a reorganization. These are times when we see our children regressing a little. So at times when we find, maybe a period of a few weeks, that your child doesn't seem like themselves; be patient. Their brain is growing and their bodies are growing and they will come back to their sweet, little selves before long.

Psychotherapist & Author Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, shares advice for parents shares advice for parents on what to do when easy kids turn into difficult ones and what can cause the change in kids

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Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Psychotherapist & Author

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, where she sees children and adolescents, as well as provides parenting consultations. She is the school counselor at St. Marks Episcopal School in Altadena, CA, and a Developmental Consultant to Camp Chippewa for Boys. She speaks to parents, educators, and clinicians all across the country. Dr. Bryson earned her PhD from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. Her best-selling book The Whole-Brain Child (co-authored with Dr. Dan Siegel) gives parents practical ways to transform difficult moments into opportunities for children to thrive.  Dr. Bryson has written for a large number of publications, most recently the PBS series “This Emotional Life.”  She lives near Los Angeles with her husband and three children.  

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