How Can Parents Cope With Difficult Behavior? 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 from A. J. Soberman's book "Dealing with difficult young children: Strategies for teachers and parents." 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 Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.  Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.