Parenting

All About Aggressive Behaviors in Children

Do you realize that your child has some aggressive behaviors? Aggressive behaviors are getting more attention in our society today as we are noticing aggressive traits in children from toddlers to teenagers. Reasons for aggressive behavior vary but some common reasons include:

  • Low self-esteem and self-respect
  • In young children, a lack of ability to communicate
  • Stress – It is not only adults who have stress: children can be stressed as well
  • Peer pressure from supposed “friends”
  • Child abuse

How to Diagnose Aggressive Behavior in Children

It is natural for children to push the limits of their boundaries occasionally: this is how they learn. But children who display aggressive behavior tend to frequently provoke others. They have a tendency to get involved in frequent fights and arguments. They could also anger easily, affecting their ability to socialize with other children.

How to Deal with this Situation

One thing you can do as a parent is to build a feeling of empathy in your child. Show your child how these behaviors hurt other people. Besides telling, you can try to use role play to carry out examples of how certain behaviors make your child feel. There are a variety of books, television shows, and websites that can help you find role playing examples. Look for books and topics of bullying, as aggressive behavior can have similar traits and even turn into bullying. Act fast as soon as you notice such behaviors as you do not want your child to turn into a bully.

Explain Normal Behaviors

Parents are role models for their children. Children learn a lot by watching their parents. If you tend to get into arguments frequently, raising your voice and getting physical, it is only natural for your child to do the same. Sometimes we are shocked to recognize our behaviors in our children, but recognizing such things is thefirst step in changing our behavior.

Teaching Right and Wrong

You need to tell your child about the difference between right and wrong: do not assume it is naturally known. Children need to know that there are always consequences for their behavior, whether a punishment for bad behavior or appraisal for good behavior. They also need to know that doing something good can make people happy, just as doing something wrong could hurt others.

Aggressive behaviors in a child could snowball into a big problem. But recognizing and addressing such behaviors is the first step to molding a happy and well-adjusted child.

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