As a parent, it can be hard to know when your child’s behavior is just a part of growing up or a sign of a bigger issue. Here are some tips to keep in mind when wondering if your child or teen’s behaviors are problematic:
- Is the behavior too intense?
- Does the duration of the behavior continue after the situation has passed?
- Is the behavior typical for his/her age level?
- Is the behavior upsetting to your child or other family members?
- Does the behavior prevent your child from interacting with friends or performing well in school?
- Is the behavior inappropriate to the situation?
- Does the behavior happen for no obvious reason?
- Does your child avoid important social, school or family activities because of the behavior?
All children are different, and even the most typical child or teen may engage in “problematic” behaviors from time to time, especially when they are tired, stressed or sick. If a child or teen struggles with expressing thoughts or feelings, “problematic” behaviors may present themselves. Helping your child or teen express emotions are part of what we do at Children’s Wellness. If your child or teen repeatedly engages in inappropriate or unwanted behaviors, consider meeting with our experienced psychotherapist at Children’s Wellness.
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