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Discipline IQ

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Toddler tantrums make most of us cringe, and bedtime for children of all ages is often a difficult time for parents.

Even when parents do everything they can to prevent misbehavior before it happens, kids still end up acting out.

There may not be one right way to raise kids, but experts say there is a better way that can mean fewer fights.

We investigate some of the most challenging situations and get you help with the most common discipline mistakes.

Do you have the endless supply of understanding and energy to help children develop self-control?

Coming Monday, all day long, you will have the chance to take the DISCIPLINE IQ TEST and learn better ways to teach your toddlers.

The correct answer according to WebMD is to: Take care of the hurt child.

The expert WebMD cited had this to say on the situation: First, separate the kids, take the toy, and comfort the hurt child. Stop the hitting and deal with it right away so you don't reward the child with what he wants. Say, “No hit. Hitting hurts,” so he learns to think of others' feelings.

Frequent hitting or biting might be a sign of other problems -- sadness, anger, seeing violence in person or on TV, or being abused. If it keeps happening, talk to your child's doctor.

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  • You've been at the playground all afternoon with your preschooler and now it's time to leave. He is building sand castles and not budging. What do you do?

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  • You’re talking with other parents at the playground when your child starts fighting with another kid over a toy. Your child hits the other. How do you react?

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  • As you talk with your friend, your child interrupts to ask you where his crayons are. He asks over and over and over. How do you handle it?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Listen to his question the first time. If he can wait for an answer, ask him to be patient.
    169 votes
    Allow the interruptions because he says, ”Excuse me,” every time.
    50 votes
    Tell him to wait until you’re done talking.
    417 votes
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  • You head to the store to buy a gift for a friend’s child. Your child wants a toy, too. You say no, it’s too expensive, but she starts to whine. You can tell a tantrum is second away. What do you do?

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  • Your child is great about his bed-time routine. But he always comes in your room after you tuck him in. How do you handle it?

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