Is your child aggressive?
Many parents are understandably concerned that their children displays aggressive behaviour at home, at school, or in the playground.
Research suggests that it’s important to intervene as early as possible if you observe this type of behaviour in your child.
Some approaches require the help of experienced professionals.
There are, however, things you can do at home to curb aggression.
Let’s look at some strategies to manage aggression in children.
It’s important to notice when children are aggressive towards other kids, siblings, and other family members.
Never ignore this type of behaviour or simply hope that it’s a passing phase.
Even a few incidents can result in a child getting a certain label that causes a long-term stigma.
Today, for example, the media frequently discusses bullying.
Children labelled as aggressive or as bullies are often ostracized by their peers, whose parents sometimes play a part by telling their child to ‘stay away’ from a child with anger management problems.
Early labels such as this create vicious cycles that can cause young people to see themselves in this way.
Early intervention helps you avoid this type of downward spiral.
If you observe aggressive behaviour in your child, try to respond in a calm and reasonable manner.
Getting very upset or lashing out in an aggressive manner yourself only worsens the problem.
In fact, children with behavioural problems sometimes behave in unwanted ways in order to get more attention.
Here are a few tips to help curb aggression in children.
While there are many ways, including the above tips, to help curb aggression, sometimes parents need help.
Some children require professional support to identify the root of the problem and evidence strongly indicates that early intervention reduces aggressive behaviour when young people grow up.
When seeking help, it’s important to find someone with the proper training and credentials.
A professional who uses evidence-based strategies can make a big difference when it comes to solving issues such as aggression. Your local GP may be able to refer you to a psychologist who specialises in supporting children in your area.
If you are local to Sydney’s northern beaches, don’t hesitate to contact Kids First Children’s Services. Our experienced child psychologists have supported many aggressive children and have helped them find better ways to solve problems.
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The Kids First Children’s Services’ team includes child psychologists with years of experience working with children and families.
They can help you find the causes of aggressive behaviour and work with you to find solutions to overcome this kind of behaviour.
For expert support to help you deal with your child’s aggression and other behavioural problems, contact us.
Call Kids First on (02) 9938 5419 to chat about your child’s needs, or click on the link below to find out more about child and family counselling at Kids First.
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