|A child may
sometimes revert to "childish" behavior
which he has outgrown. Wetting his bed, clinging to the
parents, thumb sucking, and other problems may occur
temporarily, and should not alarm parents. They are
normally of short duration.
These behaviors are only signs of the child's anxiety, and parents' acceptance will reassure the child and shorten the duration of such behaviors.
When parents over-react to these behavior patterns (become over-concerned, punish, or nag the child) these symptoms will persist much longer.
Children respond to praise, and parents should make a deliberate effort not to focus upon the child's immature behavior.