1. What are two traits that make a good parent according to Dr. Tanya Byron?
According to Dr. Byron, a good parent is one who doesn’t think too much of trying to be a parent who lives up to every expectation. A good parent is someone who just goes with their natural feelings and choices and learns to parent with love and care, not by what is expected of them to do. I agree with Dr. Byron, you cannot fully be a good parent if you do not put in love and your own personal touch to parenting. Following a certain book or tips can help, however it will never be as personal to the child.
2. What are three common behavioral problems? If you were a parent, which behavioral problem would you be most anxious about?
The three most common behavioral problems are temper tantrums and behavioral problems. Children as they grow may show anger or irritation through crying and screaming, as they do not have another way to express it. Another behavioral problem is sleeping. Many children do not have a set sleep schedule and it can become a problem for both the child and the parents. The third behavioral problem would be eating. Parents are very concerned about what their child is eating as it is the way they grow and develop. Some children may refuse to eat certain foods and it can become very stressful. Temper tantrums is the behavioral problem I would be most anxious about. It is hard to control a child who may be crying or yelling, either at home or in public. There are usually not many easy ways to distract them or solve the problem that they are upset about.
3. Imagine you have a 2-year-old child that throws a temper tantrum in the middle of a grocery store. Do you think it would be best to handle the situation with actions or words? Why? Explain how you would handle the situation.
It would be best to handle the situation with actions. When children are young, their brains are not yet developed to understand verbal reasoning and the child will never understand what the parent is trying to say. The talking is just giving the temper tantrum more attention. I would handle the situation with actions. If the child was yelling or crying, I would make sure the child knew that there would be a consequence and not feed into her tantrum with reasoning. Like Dr. Byron said, if the tantrum meant no candy or treat, then the child may not choose to do it again.