by Matthew Prowler, M.D.
Do cranky kids make cranky parents? The coming of fall and the return to school can mark a time of relief for some parents – less time is spent thinking about what your child is going to do all day. But for others, this season provides a new (or all-too-familiar) host of stresses. Getting your child up and dressed, fed, out the door, and to sleep on-time can be anywhere from an annoying challenge to an all-out daily battle.
Does your child argue with you constantly, throw temper tantrums or actively defy you on a regular basis?
If so, you and your child are not alone. Studies estimate that 10 percent of children display these behaviors, which, when seen together, are characterized as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD.