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SHE is heralded a hero by parents across the country.

Telly expert Dr Tanya Byron has successfully tackled countless tantrum-prone tots on BBCís The House of Tiny Tearaways.

But despite her victories in the show's specially-designed Big Brother-style house, the renowned clinical psychologist says there is NO right way of parenting.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, Tanya - a mum-of-two - told us: "Families differ and every child is unique.

"So, there can't possibly be clear cut instructions on how to become a perfect parent.

"Parents need to remember that itís OK to have problems. Admitting a problem is half way to solving it.

"Weíre living in a day and age where everything has to be perfect.

"Weíve got to have the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect job Ė itís not realistic."

She added: "More people need to feel confident saying, 'I admit it. Iím finding this really hard', it's very effective."

Here Tanya reveals her top tips for overcoming common parenting problems.

What is the best way to deal with a tantrum-prone tot?

Use distraction techniques and do your best to totally ignore them while they are screaming and yelling.

Get on with things and go about your day until they stop. It will be hard but donít negotiate.

When they calm down, give them a massive kiss and a cuddle to show them how good they are.

How should parents deal with children who won't sleep in their own bed?

It's all about setting up a regular, calming bedtime routine.

If the child won't stay in his or her own bed, the parent needs to calmly pick the child up and put them back into bed without saying anything.

Do it as many times as it takes. It may at first feel like an uphill struggle but, trust me, it will work!

What is the best way to let a child know they've been naughty?

Itís about being able to say no and setting boundaries with realistic consequences.

Children need clarity so they can differentiate between right and wrong.

If a child learns the best way to get your attention is to be naughty, you're walking on dangerous ground.

Instead, try praising them and giving them loads of attention when they're good.

What's the best way of getting a child to share?

Finding it difficult to share is a common problem that is a natural part of being a kid Ė itís in the job description!

But it can be tackled. You need to socialise your child as much as possible and prove to them that sharing is all about give and take.

If they refuse to share you need to let them know what theyíre doing is wrong. Good luck!

What is the best way to stop a child swearing?

Using swear words is a classic form of attention-seeking behaviour.

Itís very distressing for parents to hear their little ones using foul language, I understand that.

But the swearing is usually disguising an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

Source: The Sun Online


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