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The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask (3rd through 5th Grade): The Best Answers to the Smartest, Strangest, and Most Difficult Questions Kids Always Ask Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally renowned psychologist and author who has been helping children, teens, and families lead healthier, happier lives for nearly twenty years. Dr. Susan has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Today Show, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Parenting magazine, Family Circle, WebMD, Women's Day, Nick Jr., and Seventeen.
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As your child's language grows more proficient, her ability to ask all types of questions greatly improves. However, along with this, her aptitude for nagging becomes more sophisticated as well-lucky you! The late elementary grades often represent the peak of the "nagging" years, because as your child becomes more involved in her social life, the influence of peers sways her to nag you for privileges and material items that prior to now she might not even have known existed.
An older child may also nag when she's angry with you. She knows that yelling at a parent is not socially appropriate and that you probably (hopefully) would not tolerate it. But at this age, she realizes that nagging will also push your buttons and drive you crazy (perhaps even more so!), just in a slightly less egregious manner. Last, and perhaps most important, you child recognizes that nagging will often get her exactly what she wants-as long as she is persistent.
Now that you understand a little bit about how nagging works, let's take a look at the most frequently "nagged" questions, uncover their real meaning, and learn the very best responses to them. By the end of this chapter, you'll be an expert on nagging and how to get your child to do it less often-I promise.