Parenting Issues Change to Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Most parents are well intentioned and want the best for their children. Despite this, there are times and circumstance where parents begin feeling out of control and struggle to manage their children’s behavior. When behaviors begins all of a sudden this is usually a result of either something occurring within the child, something going on in the parent-child relationship, or a combination of both.
Although there are some aspects of treatment that are geared towards working with the child, successful treatment relies on working with the parents. There is likely a need for the child to feel heard and work through the triggers to their behavior while also working to tighten up rules and consequences and setting firmer expectations for their behavior. Since parents are really at the top of the pyramid the discipline and expectations need to come from them. When this happens oftentimes respect increases and family dynamics shift for the better.