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4 Major Warning Signs There is a Problem with Your Child

Raising a child is a challenging process for most parents. Children are supposed to break the rules from time to time as they experiment and learn about authority. However, there are times when regardless of the consequences they get from their mistakes, and their behavior doesn’t change. Here is how you tell whether your child’s behavior falls under what is normal or not.

Difficulties managing emotional outbursts

It is entirely reasonable to experience preschoolers with temper tantrums. This is an age where the child has not learned how to express themselves well. However, as the child gets older, they learn how to express their negative feelings in socially acceptable ways. If your child is not showing improvement in the way they handle anger and disappointment, it could be a warning sign for an underlying major emotional health issue. If this is accompanied by difficulties in managing impulses, there is a likelihood that the child needs help in developing better skills.

Behavior which doesn’t respond to discipline

Kids like testing limits with those in authority. They will do something which they suspect is wrong, to try and see what the reaction of the grownup will be. However, when it reaches a point where the child is getting disciplined about a specific behavior, but they keep repeating it, it is an indication that the child does not respond to discipline. At times, this kind of behavior disrupts social settings such as school. If your child is continually being sent away from school because of behavioral problems, it is time to look for emotional health solutions.

Sleeping disorders

Children and adolescents need at least nine hours of sleep every night. When your child is not getting enough sleep, they will have a hard time concentrating in school, and their performance in extra-curricular activities will go down. Besides, a child who is not resting well tends to be moody, irritable, prone to accidents and injuries and also an excessive eater. While abnormal sleep behaviors may occur from time to time, and most resolve themselves with time, persistent lack of sleep is a significant warning sign that there is trouble.

Self-injury and suicide talk

If your child is burning themselves, banging their head on hard surfaces or cutting themselves, they need to be evaluated by a mental health professional. Similarly, if your child has been overheard talking about suicide, they need evaluation.

Other indicators that your child is suffering from mental health issues include sexualized talk that is not age-appropriate or coercive/threatening tones, and it is time to get professional help. Timely response to behavioral disorders will help get solutions in time.

Conclusion

There are certain ways that you can try to combat your child’s negative behavior, especially if you might have an inkling of why it might be so (sometimes it’s because of family situations, or family struggles). Look into programs and services that could aid you and your child in improving your overall situation. 

References:

Abusive Teens – Is Your Child a Bully | Diamond Ranch Academy

Suicidal Thoughts and Depression in Children | Verywell Mind

If You Suspect A Child Is Being Harmed | RAINN

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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