Many parents come into therapy seeking help with their child’s behavior. From big meltdowns to fights with siblings, parents wonder the best way to handle behavior challenges. These four tips have been shown to help children develop skills to handle life more effectively while nurturing a parent’s relationship with their child.
What we know about harsh discipline: Despite the fact that fear-inducing discipline such as spanking and yelling can sometimes stop a behavior in the short-term, these tactics are unhealthy for developing brains and can lead to issues with self-esteem, aggression, and trust. Instead of using fear to stop an undesirable behavior, take a moment and decide to shift your approach. Help your child to expand coping and regulation skills that will over time become hardwired and continue to support them throughout their life.
Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Addiction Specialist