She used to be so sweet, but for reasons you can't fathom, your nine-year-old has suddenly decided to act out. She shouts for no particular reason and holds grudges. And whenever you and your husband speak to her about her behavior, she angrily proclaims that she hates you for forcing her to do the things she doesn't want to do. If this entire scenario sounds familiar to you, then perhaps it's time you re-evaluate a few things.

Here are a few suggestions on dealing with your child's sudden change in demeanor:

(First published as "Conduct Unbecoming" an entry in the column "Keep It Real" in the section "Good Family" of Good Housekeeping Philippines' March 2011 issue. Adapted for use in Female Network. Screencap from Let Me In courtesy of Overture Films Relativity Media)

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