Day: September 21, 2021

ZEALOUS BEHAVIOR

ZEALOUS BEHAVIOR

One thing children don’t readily realize is that they’re in control of their emotions and their behavior — that the behavior and emotions don’t control them. They also don’t naturally understand that behavior and emotions are both temporary and changeable. Behavior and emotions don’t define who they are.

YELLING

YELLING

A yelling child isn’t coming from a rational place. To try to reason away their anger only adds fuel to the fire. It takes practice, but you can build your ability to pause each time you resist reacting right away. Counting to 10 and pausing teaches our brains that we can pause and not be drawn into the yelling match.

X-RATED TOPICS

X-RATED TOPICS

Don’t be afraid to put parental controls on your television and other devices your child may have access to. While you may not be able to shield your child from everything, you can begin to set boundaries and establish guidelines for what is and what is not appropriate for them.

RUDE

RUDE

Children are rude when they lack manners; courtesy and respect for themselves, their parents, and others. Boundaries and guidelines need to be clear early on in a child’s life so that they understand what will and what will not be tolerated.

PICKY EATER

PICKY EATER

Is your child refusing to eat anything other than chicken nuggets? Or would he or she rather play than eat anything at all? Many parents worry about what their children eat — and don’t eat. Don’t worry, no child has ever starved themselves on purpose. Most kids get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over the course of a week.

OVER EMOTIONAL

OVER EMOTIONAL

An overly dramatic child is usually one who uses his or her emotions to manipulate others and whose emotional reactions are disproportional in intensity to the situation. Everyone has a different temperament and your child may have been born with more emotional sensitivity than you’re used to.

NEGATIVITY

NEGATIVITY

As strange as it sounds, negativity and complaining are actually ways to manage anxiety. When your child complains, he or she feels better because they are expressing themselves and venting worries and fears. If you don’t react to it from your own anxiety, your child will move on.

MESSY

MESSY

Most children don’t want to clean because they don’t see value in it. Asking children to tidy up after themselves provides your child with not only responsibility but also self-respect and accountability.

LYING

LYING

Children lie for many different reasons: when children make untrue statements with an intent to deceive, make it clear that it’s not okay. Most parents think children lie to get something they want, avoid a consequence or get out of something they don’t want to do.