Issues with a child’s behavior is one of the most common reasons families seek out therapy. When one child begins to act out is can affect the family as a whole. Concerning behaviors can include things like disrespect towards others, lying, isolating oneself, and aggression. If you are concerned about your child for any reason big or small, it may be time to address these issues in family therapy. As a family therapist myself, it is my role to help families identify and understand the reasons that a child might be acting out.
There are many reasons why a child may begin to behave in a way that is less than ideal. Many reasons lead us back to the parents and looking at how their own interactions with each other and with their children are truly affecting the children. Lack of discipline or boundaries, spoiling, and neglect are a few examples of parental behavior towards their children that can lead to issues with one or multiple children. Parental interactions with each other can also cause a child to behave differently. If parents are often fighting children may begin to act in a way that focuses the attention on them almost as though to bring their parents together as a team to help figure out the child’s problem.