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By Dr. Patti Zomber
 

Q: My 3-year-old son is very active -- he runs from morning till night. Without a nap, he'll hit, bite, scream, kick and yell. I've tried everything to get him to stop, but nothing works. What should I do?

A: It's a good idea to obtain an evaluation from a developmental psychologist, because a diagnosis of any kind would help determine your plan of action. If all that's required is more consistent parenting, then the psychologist can guide you through the most effective approach for your child.

Parents often tell me that nothing works. But upon spending time with them, I usually learn that they haven't stayed with a particular approach long enough, or they didn't use the right approach for their child. Psychologists can be invaluable for all kinds of normal parenting dilemmas. Such issues comprise the bulk of my practice, and, when stuck on my own parenting issue, I never hesitate to call upon a colleague.

Dr. Patti Zomber is a child psychologist based in Marina del Rey, Calif. She has written numerous articles about parenting, and she is a contributing editor on NestleFamily.com as well as the editor of the Los Angeles Psychologist journal. 

Please Note: This Expert Q&A feature is intended to impart general child development information and mealtime tips. It's not meant to take place of medical consultation; consult your doctor for medical advice or services.

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