“Why is my child acting this way?”
Parents are likely to ask themselves this very question each and every time their child decides to misbehave or act out. The truth is, though, that there are probably as many answers to that question as there are kids.
With that being said, here is a list of some of the most common factors that cause, or better yet, influence negative child behavior:
Diet / Nutrition
Lack of Coping Skills
Psychological Disorders (Depression, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.)
Response to Dramatic Life Event (divorce, new sibling, etc.)
Low Frustration Tolerance
Lack of “Conscience”
Negative Peer Influences / Peer Pressure
Media Influences (violence, sex, etc.,)
Poor Role Models
Exposure to Violence
Substance Abuse Problem (could fit into any category)
The list of potential causes or influences of negative child behavior is quite a bit longer than what I was able to list. Parents are powerless with regards to a lot of these factors, but have quite a bit of control with others. The important thing to remember is that all of these issues can be dealt with in one way or another. Seeking the help of a competent and trusted individual is the first step. Patience and persistence are paramount. If you can think of any other factors that belong on our list of causes of child misbehavior, then please contact us with your suggestion.