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Behavior Issues?

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My son will be 3 next month and for the longest time he has been a terrible toddler to say the least. He will not listen to anything I say. I try redirecting him, I try spanking him, the corner. Doesn’t seem to phase him. However if his dad is home. He is so good. I just don’t understand. I feel like my child is out of control. Especially when were out in public. He throws the worst temper tantrum if he doesn’t get his way and I have to end up leaving sooner than I wanted to because it is so out of control. Any suggestions?

Behavior Issues?

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Rather than hope and poke with an intervention I would recommend testing by a clinical or neuro-psychologist. This will help to pinpoint what are your son’s strengths and needs. This will give you the best choices for moving forward.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Behavior Issues?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Behavior Issues?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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