Sunday, January 27, 2019

How to Talk to Your Child About Their Unusual Behaviour

Talking to your kids can be tough at the best of times, but it gets even harder when they’ve got something to hide. If your child is behaving unusually, it’s only natural to worry that they’re taking drugs, being bullied, or are dealing with something else that is making them act or behave out of character.
You’re going to be feeling a range of different emotions, from anger right through to fear. There are both right and wrong ways you can talk to your child about their behaviour. Here are some tips to help you approach the situation postively.

Be Calm

The best approach is a direct one, but you have to remain calm. It’s not something you can casually drop into the conversation either. Don’t make it into a drama but be delicate in the raising of the subject. They’re going to be expecting you to be angry, so throw them off balance by being calm and centered.
Your child may well deny the reason for their unusual behaviour or try to shrug it off as being nothing important. If this happens, simply reinforce the rules of your home with regards alcohol and drug use. Also explain that there are consequences with such behaviour. 

Ask Open-Ended Questions

Asking your child questions that only require yes/no answers is a recipe for disaster. Instead, ask open-ended questions that require thought-provoking answers. For example, ask them how they felt in a certain situation or what is going to happen if something happens again. Ask them how you can help and encourage them to tell you more about why they did something. If they admit to taking drugs or drinking alcohol, ask them what they took, when and whether they’re going to do it again.

Don’t Punish, Show Support 

It’s important not to be judgmental or punish them for their behaviour. You should show your appreciation for their honesty and assure them that you only want to help.
If you suspect your child is taking drugs or consuming alcohol, or there is another underlying reason for the unusual behaviour you should seek professional help. There are qualified therapists who specialise in working with children and teenagers. You may be lucky enough to have a centre where you can be referred. Visit if you live in West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Southern California.
Your child might not be over-enthusiastic about getting treatment, but it’s vital you give them the options and encourage them to accept the professional support being offered. It shouldn’t be something that’s up for negotiation. They’ll be more accepting if you explain you’re concerned for their safety and will be there for support.

If your child is behaving unusually, you must do everything you can to understand why it’s happening. Talk to them about the behaviours you’re worried about and why you’re concerned. Above all, remind them that you care about them and don’t want to see them getting hurt. 

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