How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 1

Let's face it- Parenting is HARD work! It keeps you on your toes from minute to minute. Once you think you have mastered one challenge, everything changes and a new one appears. The way parents handle difficult behaviors can have a big impact on who a child develops into. It's important to keep their self-esteem intact, while involving them in the process of modifying their behavior.

This week Imagine Hope is going to share some tips on how to parent children who are challenging. We hope you find some great ways to help you and your kids survive difficult behaviors!


  • Ignore difficult behaviors
  • Coerce children into complying with your expectations
  • Shame or compare children to others
  • Label children with derogatory words
  • Inflict verbal or physical punishment

I know these are automatic habits for many, but remember that it is important to your child's self-esteem to avoid these reactions. These will often make the problem worse and escalate out of control.

Keep reading tomorrow as Tamara covers some "Do's" when dealing with difficult behaviors.

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling. You can find Teri at