Mother's Diet can Affect a Child's Behavior

Sunday September 22, 2013

By Amy Morin

There is a lot of emerging evidence that shows a mother's diet during pregnancy affects a child's behavior. Although this research can help soon-to-be moms ensure their diet is healthy, other parents may feel despair that it's too late.

You can't rewind the clock and change your eating habits. And it's likely impossible to know for sure if your diet during pregnancy plays a role in your child's behavior. But even if you did find out that there was a direct link, you can't change that now.

However, you aren't doomed to have ongoing behavior problems and struggles with your child if your seeing behavior problems now. Instead, you can take action to address behavior problems.

The way you respond to behavior problems is likely to have the biggest influence on whether or not your child's behavior gets better, worse or stays the same. Obviously you can't force your child to change his behaviors, but you can be a strong influence.

If you've got a child who is oppositional much of the time, it can be tempting to just start giving in. That certainly can make things easier in the short-term, but causes bigger problems in the long-term.

If you've got a child who is less than easy-going, take action and you'll likely be able to get your child's behavior to change. Check out these 10 Ways to Deal with Non-Compliance and Defiance.

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