How Can Parents Cope with Difficult Behaviors? Part 4

As we have been discussing parenting a difficult child, we encourage you to keep in mind that parenting isn't just about teaching your child how to "behave"-- It's also showing them love by teaching them how to navigate their world and learn more about themselves.  Today we will complete the series on strategies for coping with difficult behaviors in kids. Do:

  • Use positive interactions.  Remember that children are egocentric.  State how their behavior affects the feelings of others.
  • Be patient.  Modifying behavior is a long range goal.  Instead of redirecting children too quickly or making decisions for them, adults should give children every reasonable chance to assess the situation, decide what should be done, and then experience the consequences of their decisions.

We hope this week's blog has been helpful for you if you are struggling with figuring out ways of coping with difficult behaviors in your child.  We look forward to seeing you next week!

Joleen Watson, MS, LMFT, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.