Since children develop in different ways and at different times, “normal” is often hard to define and assess. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this list of seemingly “alarming behavior” as normal things we might see our children doing as they develop:
* A wide range of ages and times when children pick up big milestones, such as rolling over, sitting up, walking, and talking.
* Stuttering in preschool age children.
* Motor tics in preschool and younger school age children.
* Differences in personalities, e.g., some children are very shy and quiet while others are very outgoing.
* Occasional “strange” behaviors, like a 2-year-old who puts his hands in his diaper and smears his poop all over.
* Occasional “difficult” behaviors as your child tests his limits, e.g., lying, swearing, biting.
[yellow_sparrow] The above one makes sense.
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...Reserve the right to veto certain clothing.
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[yellow_sparrow] This one makes sense but not for me as a parent.
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