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Family Almanac: Girl wants to wear the same clothes every day

Join Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly online today at noon as she takes your questions about raising children of all ages. Submit your questions here.

(Hadley Hooper for The Washington Post)

Here’s how Kelly responded:

“If your daughter thinks that she gets more attention for being naughty than for being nice, she’s probably going to be naughty, even if she cries when she’s reprimanded or gets sent to the timeout chair. Her behavior will improve in a week or two, however, if you praise her freely when she’s good and ignore her when she’s cranky.

“If that doesn’t work, look for the cause of her small obsession.

“Your daughter may call those pants and that shirt her favorites because they’re more comfortable than her other clothes or because they’ve brought her more compliments.”

Read the full column here.


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