The behavioral problems in children relate to the emotional, physical, and physiological development of a child. The common behavioral issues include threats of violence, snoring in class, disturbing others, physical aggression, blaming others, and telling lies, etc. These behavioral problems become a barrier to get success in academic and professional careers in the future.
It is the primary parents’ and teachers’ responsibility to address the behavioral problems of a child. Unfortunately, many parents don’t find effective ways to deal with child behavioral problems. The following are the top tips to address children’s behavioral problems.
1. Show Creative Attitude
Creative attitude plays a key role in the development of constructive behavior in children. Patience is an important quality in the behavior changing process. Parents must follow these instructions to change the child’s behavior
2. Find out the Cause of Behavioral problem
The most important factor is to find out the reason behind the child’s behavioral problem. It helps to solve the behavior problem easily. Parents must focus to know why the child behaves negatively and what is the exact reason behind the negative behavior?. Is there a home environmental problem or learning problem behind the child’s antisocial behavior?
There are many behavioral disorders of a child such as conduct disorder, anxiety disorder, learning disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
3. Make Effective Strategies
Effective planning is one of the most important factors to fight against child disruptive behaviors. Parents and teachers must think, what is the best way to deal with a child’s behavioral issues? They shout provide positive behavior intervention support to children for developing positive behavior. Parental support is a key factor in a behavior-changing process.
4. Find Someone to Observe the Child’s Antisocial Behavior
Parents should find someone secretly such as volunteers, trainees, or professionals to monitor the child’s antisocial activities. The observer watches the child’s activities and trays to prevent disruptive behavior in appropriate ways. For example, when a child abuse others he says “abuse can heart”. He builds a strong relationship with the child and tray to change antisocial behavior effectively.
5. Adopt Psychological Approach
Several behavioral problems belong to the child’s health condition. Parents should discuss with a psychiatrist or psychologist about the problem and they follow the doctor’s suggestions for changing disruptive behavior.
5. Look at the Reasonable Consequences during Behavioral Control
Create interesting activities in which children feel comfortable to prevent disruptive behavior. Sometimes aggressive behaviors of parents while preventing the child’s behavioral issue can lead to creating another behavioral problem in children.
Parental Role in Shaping Positive Behavior
Parents play a significant role in shaping positive behaviors in children. They are the most effective personalities to prevent negative behaviors in children. So, there are 5 parental factors that largely contribute to the development of child positive behaviors and attitudes of a child.
1. Socio-Economic Characteristics
Socio-economic factor has had great effects on child behavior. Several studies indicate that the low socio-economic factor of parents strongly relates to child behavioral problems and conduct disorder. The socio-economic status linked with the child’s personal abilities and learning performance.
The lifestyle of parents plays an important role in the development of child behaviors. However, a negative Parent’s lifestyle such as cigarette smoking, use of alcohol strongly relates to many behavior problems in children.
It is also documented that smoking relates to a variety of neurobehavioral difficulties in children and parent’s smoking during pregnancy also relates to the low birth Wight of a child.
3. Mental Health
The poor mental health of parents relates to child behavior problems. Several studies show that the poor mental health of parents has many negative effects on the social, emotional, and well-being of a child. Poor parental mental health always leads to depression and anxiety which negatively affect child behavior and development.
4. Poor Couple’s Relationship
The Instability in Parental relationship and conflict between father and mother strongly relate to depression and anxiety in children. Instability in couple relationships has serious effects on the development of child behavior.
Moreover, it is also well established that dyadic anxiety and depression may lead to many behavioral problems in children such as antisocial behavior, conduct disorder, emotional problems, poor concentration, poor self-control, cognitive deficits, psychiatric problem, and poor school adjustment.
5. Parental Physical Health
Studies indicate that poor physical/biological maternal weakness has had negative effects on child development. The poor physical health of parents may lead to several children’s physical and behavioral problems such as low birth weight, anoxia, and prematurity. The parent’s health problems may become the cause of many preschool or post-school problems in children.
In conclusion: The parental role is most important in child behavioral development. Poverty and illiteracy both are the big barriers to develop positive behaviors in children. It is the parental and societal responsibility to create an appropriate environment to develop pro-social behaviors in early childhood.
Not The major theme and idea of this article are given from this book: “Jake M. Najman, William born, Margaret J. Andersen, Michael O’Callaghan. and Gail M. Williams. Preschool Children and Behavior Problem, Childhood(2000) 7(4): 439–466.”