Your child’s aggression requires good parenting techniques

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP

There are many parenting challenges that people face in today’s world, and they may be even more complex when you add a divorce to the mix. You’re learning to be a single parent, and that is hard. Even though your ex-spouse is also parenting your children, there are bound to be times when you run into issues.

Something that many parents deal with during and following a divorce is a child’s aggression. You need to remember that children may not be sure how to handle the emotions they’re feeling. This is new territory for them. Your ex-spouse may have their way of dealing with your child’s negative behaviors, and you may have your own.

If you start seeing that aggression is a problem and don’t like how the other parent is dealing with your child’s issues, it’s time to have a talk. Discuss methods to handle your child’s outbursts. Psychologists generally believe that parents should not react to aggression with aggression, because it’s important to show that control is necessary, even when you’re upset. Teaching your child to express their emotions in a healthy way is essential if you want them to get through this frustration that they’re dealing with.

You and your co-parent may want to talk about setting up a strategy that you both use to handle issues like tantrums, aggression and whining. By working as a combined force, you’ll be in a better position to help your child and will reduce the amount of conflict that you have with each other. This is a challenge right now, but you will get through it.

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