If your child or teenager is showing challenging behaviour, it can be hard to know what to do. Challenging behaviour can take many forms.
Some of the common types of behaviour families deal with are:
First, keep in mind that it’s normal to push boundaries while growing up. Sometimes, though, it can be a sign that your child is struggling. They may need some help to keep mentally healthy.
It’s also important to remember that hormones can impact your child’s behaviour. Their brain development can, too. The changes children and teenagers go through can mean they feel their emotions very intensely. This can sometimes show up in the way that they behave.
Many factors can influence challenging behaviour. It can be helpful to bear these in mind and explore if any of them might be impacting your child. This could include things like:
You might not know why your child is showing challenging behaviour. But there are a few important ways you can respond as a parent, whatever the reason.
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