Young children experience a wide range of emotions and express themselves in several ways. It’s normal for toddlers and young children to have tantrums and break rules while their social and emotional skills are developing. Children understand and feel more than they are able to put into words. Thus, they may feel emotionally overwhelmed, which results in acting out, screaming, temper tantrums etc. (1) Some challenging behaviors in toddlers include:
What causes challenging behaviors?
Often when a child misbehaves, it’s just because they are tired, hungry, overexcited, frustrated or bored. Children need attention from their parents to feel secure and thrive emotionally and thus may show challenging behaviors in an attempt to gain attention from adults. (2)
There are a number of other things that might affect your child’s ability to control their reactions, emotions or behaviors, including:
How to deal with challenging behaviors?
Talk to your child calmly so that your he/she knows what behavior is expected of them. Keep it simple and short (e.g. “No biting other kids”). Make sure your child understands what you have told them
There are a number of options for discouraging challenging behaviors, such as:
Dr Judy Matta
St. George Hospital
1. Child Mind Institute. “Managing Problem Behavior at Home”
2. NHS website. Dealing with Child Behavior Problem.
Compare your child’s weight with other children their age
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