Do Your Children Save Their Best Worst Behavior For Home?

Is your child a terror at home, but a complete angel in public? Do you wonder why your child always devolves in a puddle after entering your house? Perhaps your child is a “House Devil, Street Angel.”

Out of my four children, one is always testing my patience. For the first four years of his life, I was convinced he would be unruly at school and have behavioral problems. I worried day and night. Then I realized he was only acting this way at home. He is by all accounts a well-behaved child in school. He has never been in trouble or been disrespectful to any authority figure and he is heading into first grade.

It took some time, but I finally realized that his acting out was a sort of compliment – at least this is what helps me sleep at night. It also made me realize that I was the one needing to change.

I write about my experience as a mother and child care provider on this subject in a recent blog post for DC Metro Mom. Please visit Be Proud of Your Little ‘House Devil’ to read more.

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Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.