Parenting is hard enough, but throw in difficult behaviors, and ugh, watch out! All my respect goes out to parents, I really don't know of a harder job. Here are some suggestions this week for coping with difficult behaviors:
- Respect the child as an individual
- Remember a child's difficult behaviors do not mean that the child is intentionally misbehaving
- Evaluate the situation and work out a plan to help the child cope
- Look at behavior objectively - is the behavior of the adults in the situation affecting the child?
One thing that sticks out as I look at these above "do's" is the fact that we need to treat and understand children as we would ourselves. Sometimes when adults act out it's not intentional. Also, sometimes adults act a certain way in reaction to someone else. Therefore, children may do the same!
Keep up the good parenting, and please re-visit us as we have more "do's" for you! Thank you for reading.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.