TIDBIT # 33-Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Behavior

December 12, 2023

Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Behavior: Shifting from “Bad” to Empathy

When your child exhibits challenging behavior, it’s important to shift your mindset from labeling it as “bad” to recognizing it as a sign of struggle. By approaching the situation with empathy and understanding, you can provide the support and assistance your child needs, rather than resorting to punishment.

Recognizing that your child may be facing challenges or experiencing distress allows you to focus on offering guidance, problem-solving skills, and a listening ear. This shift in mindset not only helps your child navigate difficult situations but also strengthens your parent-child relationship through trust and open communication.

This shift in mindset is especially crucial for neurodivergent children, who may face unique challenges that manifest in behaviors often misunderstood or labeled as “bad.” By approaching their behavior with empathy and understanding, you can create an environment that caters to their needs.

Neurodivergent children may struggle with sensory sensitivities, social interactions, communication, or executive functioning, leading to frustration or anxiety expressed through disruptive or defiant behaviors. Adopting a mindset of understanding and support allows you to make accommodations, provide sensory breaks, and implement strategies that help regulate their emotions and behaviors.

When it comes to neurodivergent parenting, seeking professional guidance and support is also important. Consulting with therapists, educators, or specialists who work with neurodivergent children can provide valuable insights and strategies tailored to their specific needs. Neurodiversity-affirming parenting can make the difference between a tense parent-child relationship and one of shared understanding.

Remember, every behavior is a form of communication. By shifting your mindset, you can better understand and address the underlying needs and emotions behind your child’s actions. Embracing empathy and understanding, you can help your child thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their neurodivergent traits or challenges they may face.

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Written by: Hannah Hill Park, M. Ed

Masters of Education, Pfeiffer University

Associate Director of Innovation

K-12 AIG, K-6 Elementary Education Teaching Licensure

Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite

Adjunct Professor of Education, Pfeiffer University

Board Member of The NC Association for the Gifted & Talented

Podcast Host of NCAGT Talent Talk