Behavior issues are a common problem for many families. Understanding what’s behind a child’s behavior is often the first step to helping.
Toddlers and Young Children
Young children naturally begin to act out as they become more independent. Setting consistent limits early makes good behavior more likely in the future.
Managing Big Emotions
Sometimes kids struggle with their behavior because they get carried away by strong feelings like anger or frustration.
Common Behavior Issues
From tantrums and sibling fights to getting kids to do their chores.
Behavior and School
Behavior problems are common for kids in school, even if they don’t struggle with their behavior at home. School-specific behavior management strategies can help.
Strategies for Managing Behavior
Techniques from child behavior experts that parents can use at home, from the most effective way to do a time out to tips for giving kids praise.
Mental Health and Problem Behavior
Extreme problem behavior can be a mental health disorder, or the result of an underlying disorder. Here are some disorders that are associated with disruptive behavior, including ADHD, anxiety and oppositional defiant disorder.
- ADHD and Behavior Problems
- How Anxiety Leads to Problem Behavior
- Quick Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
- Quick Guide to Conduct Disorder
- What Is Conduct Disorder?
- Quick Guide to Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
- DMDD: Extreme Tantrums and Irritability
Treatment for Problem Behavior
Parent training programs are the best treatment for problem behavior. Sometimes medication is also used to treat more serious behavior problems.