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Your child or teenager continues to depend on you as they grow and develop. They want to become more independent and can find boundaries tricky to deal with. They will struggle to manage their feelings as their brains are developing and hormones are starting to surge. This can be really challenging for parents!

It helps to notice and comment on all the times they are behaving well and having fun. This will help your child’s self-esteem and confidence to grow.

Things You Can Do to Help

  • Put yourself in your child’s shoes and try to understand why your child may be acting in the way they are. Are they tired? Overwhelmed? Hungry? Bored?
  • Support, listen and comfort your child. Show them that you love them and that their feelings are important to you
  • Be consistent in the boundaries you set. If you react one way one day and differently another day your child will get confused. It is important that everyone in the family deals with their behaviour in the same way.
  • Try to ignore unwanted behaviour where is it safe to do so. Distract your child into another activity and praise good behaviour.
  • Sometimes, the behaviour is because of a concern or worry your child has. Give your child the time to talk about things – driving somewhere together is often a great time to talk.
  • Think about how your child’s behaviour is making you feel. If you are becoming stressed or angry, it can be difficult to respond rationally. Talk to family or friends for further support.
  • Never smack your child. This does not work - it can frighten your child and will teach them that violence is OK. They may then hit other children or adults. 
  • You can complete some free online learning to help understand your child's behaviour *Click Here* - you will need this access code: JON70.

  

Who Can Help?

If your child’s behaviour is causing you, your family or your child distress or worry then please contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Family Matters offer support in the home or at their centre in Norwich to help enhance skills, and develop confidence for parents in decision making in the home. There may be charges for accessing these services: *Click Here*

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