18 Nov Dealing with Difficult Behavior
We all have to deal with difficult behavior from a child at some point, but how do you handle it? In this blog we will discuss some ways to prevent and handle difficult behavior from your child. Like all methods, they are all based on what works for you and what works for your child. Some methods do not work for everyone.
If you have used the time out method, then you know that it can work when taking action. If your child starts to become unruly and you cannot reason with him or her, then try a time out. Place your child in an area where he or she cannot be distracted and allow them to cool down. Just like an adult, there is no way to try to reason with a hot-headed child. It is better to allow them to sit and calm down before you try to talk to them.
Just like talking to a child, you need to be able to listen to a child as well. Don’t forget that children are still trying to find ways to express themselves and they are not experts at it yet. If you take the time to listen, it can go a long way. Try to understand what your child is saying to you and do not judge. Judging your child is the worst thing you can do when he or she is on the verge of a mental breakdown. While listening and talking to your child, be sure to stay calm and do not get upset yourself. A conversation is no good if there are two upset people (the parent and the child) trying to communicate.
You can always allow your child to express themselves in different ways, but make sure your child is expressing himself in a healthy way. Screaming or crying into a pillow is okay, but if your child decides to throw or hit someone with the pillow, it is imperative that you let your child know that this is not okay. Try to keep an eye on your child while giving them space when they are learning to express themselves. Your child needs to grow into his or her own expressions, but will still need guidance.
If you put these methods in effect, you should see the best way to deal with difficult behavior from your child. Remember, not all methods work the same on all children or for all parents; it is a trial and error basis. But we are confident that these methods will definitely help you to talk, listen and help your child express themselves.