When our children are being deeply challenging, it requires a greater investment from us to help them. It is at these times – when we feel that they ‘deserve’ our love and attention least – that they need our love and presence the most. They need us; compassionate, caring, understanding, wise, loving parents.
As we all know, parenting is a very emotional experience. Our kids and our interactions with them can trigger our own feelings of helplessness, frustration, confusion, hurt, disappointment, and rage, to name a few. These feelings can quickly stir us up or leave us feeling overwhelmed. We are each vulnerable to different situations, and each “trigger” we have requires us to face ourselves, our limitations, our shame, our fears, our childhood insecurities, and the less-than-perfect qualities we’d prefer to keep tucked away.
When is it time to get help?
If you’re questioning whether your child may need help, don't hesitate to seek treatment. If there are no serious problems talking to a child behavior specialist put your mind at ease. If problems are detected, a child behavior specialist can address the problem before it gets worse.
While there are many reasons you might seek professional help for your child, here are some general warning signs that you should be on the lookout for:
- Home life has changed drastically. Your home is a battleground. Your child is no longer following your rules and is being outright defiant.
- Your child's behavior interferes with school. If your child is frequently removed from the classroom or he has trouble getting his work done due to his behavior, he may need professional help.
- Your child's behavior impacts her social life. It's important for kids to have positive social interactions. If your child's behavior prevents her from making or keeping friends, it's important to seek help.
- Your child's behavior is not developmentally appropriate. If your child still throws frequent temper tantrums this behavior is not developmentally appropriate. Seek help if your child's behavior seems immature compared to other kids her age.
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If you need assistance from a mental health professional to assist in building a strong and successful family contact us at Suncrest Behavioral Healthcare Services.