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EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGES IN YOUR CHILD

As parents, we are concerned with the well-being of our children at home, in school and in the community. Every child is unique and may experience development differently than their peers and siblings. Awareness of unexpected changes in your child’s behavior is one of the best ways to monitor well-being.

Here are some examples of behavior change to be aware of:

  • Disruptive Behavior (aggression at school, difficulty following directions, etc.)
  • Irritability (unexplained or unexpected tantrums, easily angered, etc.)
  • Isolation (losing interest in activities, changes in play, quieter than usual, etc.)
  • Educational Changes (drop in grades, difficulty focusing, etc.)
  • Changes in Sleep (difficulty falling or staying asleep, etc.)
  • Changes in Appetite (decrease or increase in appetite, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, etc.)

If you’re noticing unexpected changes in your child, here are some tips you may be able to implement to provide support:

  • Create time for conversations with your child.
  • Be patient! Your child may not be ready to talk when you are.
  • Be mindful of creating a safe and private space for conversations.
  • Actively listen to your child and be considerate of your child’s experience.
  • Show interest in what your child is saying by smiling, nodding and making eye contact.
  • Be careful of reacting too quickly or jumping to conclusions.
  • Be familiar with school staff and get involved with your child’s school work.
  • Communicate with your child’s other parent about concerns and parenting methods.

If you’re looking for extra support, counseling may provide additional guidance for you and your child. Family Houston offers individual, family and couple’s counseling. We can also work with you and your children through separation/divorce.

– By Catherine Arevalo and Sara Shideler