Challenging Behavior In Children

Challenging behavior can affect children of all ages. Some behavior can lead to a serious crime later in life. Being an only child and not knowing how to share can cause for a bad behavior. Some children may have a developmental delay or a disability that can cause a negative behavior when they do not get their way. Children may have stress related to a death in the family, a rough lifestyle, or even the birth of a new family member. I also have seen children spend an awful amount of time a day in childcare that the children are misbehaving for attention. I often ask myself why do these children act in such a way that caregivers and parents get frustrated? I first took a look at the infants aged one to eighteen months old. These children have …show more content…
These toddlers were eighteen months to three years old. Some of these toddlers have some of the same familiar behaviors as the infants. Toddlers do have their own behaviors that can be challenging, especially if you have a toddler that is not verbal. Toddler boys leaned more toward hitting and biting, however; this behavior was because another child stole their toy. Toddler girls would scream or cry to get the attention of the caregiver, nonetheless the girls would still hit and bite when the teacher was not looking. This age group liked throwing temper tantrums, and the word no. There were a few toddlers that would inflict self-harm on themselves to receive attention. I noticed during some of the tantrums the child would throw a chair. I spoke with the teacher, and wanted to know some background on these children. After talking to the teacher, I found that there are children that spend twelve or more hours a day for almost the whole week at daycare. This may be the start of the behavior problem. I was curious if this behavior would continue after age …show more content…
These children still acted like toddlers and preschoolers, just a little taller. They knew right from wrong, but would still hit, curse, and throw objects. The teachers would explain to the children that they are old enough to know better, and to use their listening ears. Unlike the other age groups these children did not receive timeout. These children would have sentences to write, or had to write a letter to their parent explaining their behavior. Eventually the kindergarteners learned to use their words. The children also learned how to solve the conflict at hand, so they did not get in trouble by both caregiver and parent. Of course, there were still a few children that kept their anger issues, and these children would scream for their parents. I would talk to the parents of the children that did not want to follow directions. The parents would try to blame the behavior on lack of sleep, not even listening to them, and that they have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). I made it a habit to talk to these children every day, because they are old enough to know how to act, what is expected of them, and how important they are. I felt like they were my own children sometimes. I truly cared for all of these children like a parent should, and eventually the children would listen to what I wanted from them. I watched how these children treated their parent when they were picked up. The relationship between them was horrible.

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