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Parenting is definitely not one size fits all, but some pieces of advice are downright wrong. Our experts name the troublesome tips you can feel free to ignore. When young boys, bite, kick, or hurt other kids, the behavior needs to be addressed and not tossed into the pile of ‘boys will be boys. Children, both boys and girls, need to know about personal boundaries and which behaviors are and are not acceptable.
Hurting friends, grabbing their toys, throwing things, or destroying property is not something that all kids do, nor is it something that should be let go in the hopes that a child will ‘grow out of it. Teaching the acceptable way to behave around others will help the child build positive long-lasting relationships with their peers, their teachers, and their parents. Kids do need praise and should be told when they have done something well. Catching a child doing something good, like sharing or helping another child down the slide, should be positively reinforced with praise.