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HVP November 2018

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Page 20 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 Every child is different Tashai Burke is a married mother of two daughters living in Poughkeepsie who admits, "I've never had any serious behavioral issues with either of my children. My twenty-year-old went through her normal developmental challenges, and my two-year-old is entering the age where she is testing her boundaries." Burke describes her 20-year old daughter as perfect and says, "She exerted her independence in a respectful manner. My little one is doing normal things like putting everything in her mouth and exploring the house," Burke says. Greig explains, "Biting is a developmentally appropriate response for many young children, especially for those having trouble expressing themselves. Biting also creates a cause/effect reaction, that young children are encouraged by, similar to tossing a cookie off the high chair, it disappears and then someone picks it up and I have it again." The reality is the behavior will continue until someone else intervenes to stop the cycle. For instance, when the two-year-old throws the cookie, it should not be given back to them. Causes of tween troubles Jonese Jennette is a mother of two daughters living in Poughkeepsie. Jennette explains, "My 10-year-old Sanai was getting complaints at the end of last school year saying she was being disruptive in class and her grades were dropping. I truly felt she was copying her other classmates and asked her to please save all of her off-task talking to free time." Jennette says, "I was surprised when the teacher suggested Sanai could be acting out to rebel against me. Sanai and I had a great conversation to discuss what was bothering her, and how we could make improvements for the future." Meet expectations or accept the consequences My children are Hyde Park Central School district students. My youngest daughter Hailey attends Ralph R. Smith Elementary school and the last two years the school has sent home an educational contract listing the expectations for students, parents and teachers. This is a contract that says we will all work together for the greater good of the school and accept the consequences for failing to meet these expectations. Kristina Lasher is a mother of two daughters and two step-daughters.

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