Your Child’s Behavior Problems at Home
At one time or another, all children will exhibit behaviors such as meltdowns, whining, quarreling, or talking disrespectfully. These behaviors become a problem when they happen constantly and lead to bigger concerns. It is therefore important to know when such behaviors will pass with just the normal parental discipline or if the help of a child therapist is needed.
Behavior Problems That Are a Serious Concern
It is a matter of serious concern when a child violently and intentionally destroys objects, or hurts animals or other children. Along with lack of empathy and open hostility, self-harm is another behavior that should not be taken lightly.
Lack of remorse is another behavior that should serve as a warning sign for parents. Likewise, stealing, continuous lying, setting fire to things, hurting others, and hurting themselves are warning signs that strongly suggest the need for therapy. Parents also need to be warned that professional help is necessary when a child’s behavior prevents friendships and adjustment to school.
Helping Your Child Recover
Many parents refuse to seek professional help because they believe that disruptive or problematic behavior will simply go away as children mature. This is true of some behaviors, but in some cases, these behaviors escalate and worsen. It is important to distinguish between the two, but it will take a trained professional to determine which problems need therapy and which ones can be resolved with a dose of parental authority.
As a rule, parents need to squarely face the question of how developmentally appropriate their child’s behavior is. If, for example, an eight year old has absolutely no understanding of the consequences of certain actions, the best thing to do may be to ask for professional evaluation to see if the child has mental or developmental issues.
If a child’s problem can be dealt with at home, a professional licensed therapist can provide assistance on how discipline can be imposed effectively and lovingly. However, if more than simple discipline is called for, a therapist will provide the appropriate therapy to unlock the child’s emotions and modify the child’s behavior.
If are worried about the way your child behaves, take a courageous first step and call Carolina Counseling Services in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Our staff will help you choose a therapist from among the skilled and caring professionals we contract with to serve you. With a therapist of your choice, you can get the help your child needs to be happy and well-adjusted.
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