All young children have a lot to learn about the social world, but some kids struggle more than others. Is your difficult toddler doomed to be a misfit? Happily, the answer is no. Whether they seem too shy to socialize, or too impulsive to get along with others, children with tricky temperaments can develop into happy, well-adjusted kids.

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It's so much fun to watch our children grow. We celebrate as our babies meet milestones like smiling or rolling over for the first time. As they enter the toddler years, we watch their cognitive, social, and emotional development blossom as they explore their independence and place in the world.

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And while we don’t have much specific information about the people who committed this crime, we do know this: there is no substitute for loving, engaged parents who become their children’s competitive advantage in life.

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With its first policy statement addressing early-childhood literacy, the American Academy of Pediatrics now endorses reading to children beginning in infancy and recommends that pediatric care providers help parents acquire the tools to establish a strong literacy environment at home.

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Last month, we focused on specific, actionable steps parents can take to promote positive social and emotional outcomes. This month, we’ll take a different approach. What if, despite your best efforts, your child’s behavior is frequently problematic? What are the possible causes?

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