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Your child is getting bigger and will have more certain ideas of what they will and won’t do. It is a normal and important developmental stage that they want to be more independent.
At the same time as this they are facing a lot of new experiences. Often when children are unsure and a bit worried they don’t have the words to describe how they feel. Feelings are often shown by how they behave.

• You may see more challenging and difficult behaviour.
• They may seem to take a step backwards and seem more ‘babyish again’. This is their way of telling you that they are finding it all a bit much and need you.



    • Keeping to your routines and boundaries. When things are changing for your child keeping as many things ‘the same’ as possible helps them feel safe.
    • Setting aside quiet time with no distractions to be together, play and talk.
    • Ignoring as much of the behaviour you don’t like as you can.
    • Praising all the positive behaviour you see however small.
    • Completing the free ‘Solihull Online Parenting Course’ *here*. The course is there to give you confidence and understanding of how to support your child as they grow.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. 


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