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Common behavioural issues in Children and solutions

Kids behavioral issues – The challenges of development

Kids are a real blessing and a beautiful gift for parents. Their innocent and cute habits are a source of joy and pleasure but often the blissful journey of parenting hits a bumpy road when parents encounter behavioral issues from their kids.

These behavioral disorders are the challenges associated with the kid’s development that turn the exuberant moments into stressful events and calls for the real test of parenting. Parents not only are expected to deal patiently with these situations but at the same time take corrective actions so that these behavioral issues do not manifest as permanent flaws in the developing personality of their kids.

Time for action

Before we move any further it is important to note that behavioral issues from kids occasionally are common. The bell of concern rings when you are faced with the constant erratic behaviour from your children which goes from bad to worse.

This is the time when parents should employ ways to take remedial actions, however all efforts for improvement tend to be futile without understanding what is causing those behavioral issues in the first place.

Some common behavioral issues – causes and solutions

The list of signs prompting some behavioral issues is non-exhaustive, however below we present some of the most common problems, with causes and solutions for all loving parents out there.

  1. Kids eating disorders

Irregular and unhealthy eating patterns, loss of appetite, and other food-related issues tend to be frustrating and worrying for many parents. It becomes a constant stressor and should be because healthy eating is not only important for kids' growth but also the habits formed at young ages tend to become stronger as kids grow up.

Solution

There can be no one size fits all solution for eating issues in kids as it varies from family to family, but below are some immediately employable ways for improvement:

  1. Make the mealtimes for kids interesting and fun-filled by including some healthy and playful activities on the table. In a better and joyful mood, children are more likely to eat foods that otherwise would be difficult for them to bear with.
  2. Present food to your kids in visually attractive ways, employing some creativity. For example, you may pour their milk in a cup having a print of their favourite cartoon character or present their salad on a star-shaped plate, etc. Children are more attracted to visually attractive things and food presented in such a way will be more appealing to them.
  3. Explain to kids the rationale behind healthy eating in jolly ways, to which they can relate. Give them examples from their favourite comic or cartoon characters such as ‘Popeye’ or ‘Spiderman’ to teach them the benefits of nutritious eating. Your kids have inquisitive little minds, feed them logic with creativity and you will start seeing positive changes soon.
  4. Hide healthy foods within the meal they like. Something I have found works well is to have the vegetables mixed in within the dish I have served, rather than having the vegetables on the side. Sometimes this might not be ideal and only works with some meals, but at least they’re having their vegetables right?

 

  1. Yelling and crying

Screaming is one of the expressional tools’ children are born with to indicate anything causing them distress or resentment. As they move up the ladder of growth and development, they translate those expressions into words and sentences, but remember, kids do not reach the higher maturity levels at young ages and many times are unable to explain the feelings or events distressing them, thus they end up showing ‘attention-seeking behaviour’ like yelling or shouting.

Solution

In such issues instead of reprimanding the young kids, parents should do some investigation into their kids' daily routine, their school activities, friends' circle, to understand the stimuli causing the impulsive behaviour and start working on it. Parents should realize that being harsh to children in these trying situations shatters their young souls. Continue your loving and empathic behaviour and you should see that kids rarely resort to impulsive behaviours.

 

  1. Poor habits and manners

Children’s brains at young ages are highly receptive and absorb everything from their surroundings, family friends, and loves ones. This includes positive habits and manners as well as poor habits, foul language, and other behavioral mistakes. In fact, children are more likely to retain anything new and different they encounter in their surroundings. In the absence of any guiding compass, they are unable to filter the good and bad habits, and ultimately those habits reflect in form of poor manners.

 

Solution

The only solution to this dilemma is by consciously instilling from a guiding mechanism in kids from a young age which would help them to repel the adverse behavioural impact from their surroundings, and anything that is against their learned virtues.  Children in the early years of life are guided by the natural sense of fear and joy. During this time, the parents need to be more proactive and show their children with relatable examples the importance of good and positive habits, rather than simply scolding them. Believe us, these little efforts and your timely intervention will go a long way in instilling in them a sense of positive attitude.

Final word

Remember parents, there are certain behavioural disorders which require the services of a certified medical practitioner. If you encounter continued unusual behaviours without any plausible reason, please seek the help of an expert paediatrician immediately.

 

We hope that this article would be beneficial for all loving parents out there.

 

Happy Parenting!

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