When your toddler gets aggressive, it’s easy to worry. But even very challenging kids can learn to simmer down – if we teach them constructive ways to cope, and steer them away from situations that overtax their self-control.

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Memphis is no stranger to public debate about youth violence. Yet the number of juveniles being tried as adults for major crimes continues to grow, gang membership continues to climb, and the juvenile justice system is handling record numbers of cases.

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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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