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How to handle an only child who lacks maturity?

Q: I have a 10 years old son. He is very playful, childish and sweet but sensitive. Being an only child he wants attention and is moody. He lacks the maturity that we see in other children of his age. He lacks confidence and is totally dependent on me. There is a lot of anger in him which he says he cannot control. He seeks our approval all the time. His way of talking and behaving is very childish. He is still a baby in his mind. Please tell me how to handle him?

A:An only child can show dependency and immaturity as he or she is the subject of total adult attention. The child becomes afraid of criticism and therefore avoids independent responsibility. To deal with your sons problems, encourage his efforts at independent thinking and working. Avoid criticisms and try to teach him anger management skills, especially by your own example.

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