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How to deal with a jealous and aggressive child?

Q: My daughter is 5-years-old. She feels extremely jealous when I appreciate others, especially her peers. Is this normal? At times she is aggressive? How should I deal with such behaviour?

A:It is very normal for children to feel jealous if parents give attention to another child. They usually outgrow this behaviour. The main problem comes when the child is a sibling. It is important that you explain that you love her, but also find the other child likeable. It should be made very clear that aggression will not be allowed. Ignore her crying behaviour and appreciate her when she does not show aggression or jealousy.


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