Children's Hospital

Children's Health
Disciplining Your Child at Any Age
Each child is different, but most children need to be given clear rules about behavior.
Relationship Development
Adolescent attention often shifts to a more intense focus on social interactions and friendships expanding from same sex friends to same sex groups of friends to heterosexual groups of friends.
The Trouble with Bullies
Bullying comes in different forms. It is commonly thought of as an actual or threatened act of physical violence. But name calling, spreading rumors, unrelenting teasing, and deliberately excluding a child from an activity can be other forms of bullying. Racial slurs, mocking cultural traditions, and unwanted physical contact are bullying.
Lying and Stealing
Lying and stealing are common, but inappropriate, behaviors in school-aged children. Most of the time these behaviors will be outgrown.
Time-out is a type of discipline that is used to stop bad behavior in a child. It takes the child out of the situation and gives him or her time to calm down.
Temper Tantrums
These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often occur only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.
Mood Disorders
Parents may miss the signs of depression in a teen. Or, they may believe their child will “snap out of it” eventually. But if left untreated, depression can worsen.
Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety about school is a normal part of childhood development, but sometimes the symptoms of anxiety are more severe.
Eating Disorders
Anorexia and bulimia are much more common in girls than in boys, but both genders are at higher risk in certain sports that emphasize thinness or that have weight restrictions.
Developmental Disorders
ADHD is one type of behavior disorder, affecting about 2 million children in the United States.
Mental Health Evaluation
A child, who has sleep disturbances, is hyperactive, or refuses to go to school may need to be evaluated for an emotional, behavioral, or developmental problem.