The Washington Post

Finding the causes of a child’s hyperactivity and quick temper

From elsewhere in The Post: Biting and scratching are not acceptable ways for a 4-year-old to communicate that he’s upset. Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly advises a mother worried about her son’s behavior to make sure his actions aren’t the result of a spoiled upbringing.

“It’s time to ask yourself: Could you or his dad be catering to your son too much? Children have the right to try and the right to fail, and if they don’t get the chance to exercise those rights, they often regress and act younger than they are,” Kelly says.

Read Kelly’s suggestions for teaching this young boy how to play nice and follow directions.

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