Extreme temper tantrums. Strange eating habits. Rude comments. Shocking clothing choices. Ring a bell at your house?
Parents may wonder if their child is normal when they consider:
For example, developmental milestones are often listed in parenting books and magazines to give parents and caregivers several guidelines for growth. These behaviors or skills may be achieved over a range of months, such as waving bye-bye, walking, talking, etc. If children do not achieve these skills within that range of months, most likely, the child will achieve the skill, but we as parents may become overly concerned.
In the preschool and early elementary years, parents may become concerned when children exhibit frequent temper tantrums and oppositional behavior. During the middle school and adolescent years, milestones are achieved as well. Moving toward independence, for example, can be seen behaviorally as occasions of rudeness. Testing rules and limits, such as telling white lies, or stretching the truth, is another developmental milestone, and completely normal.
When should parents be concerned enough to seek help?
If a behavior "problem" often lasts more than 3 months, happens in more than one place consistently, and appears as a pattern such as:
If you believe your child is not developing well, trust your instincts and get additional advice. The earlier you can uncover hurdles, the easier it will be to move past them. You know your child – listen to your inner voice!
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