Back talk, eye-rolling, disrespect - if you live with a teenager, these are probably very familiar experiences. But they don't have to be. Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen , joins Mighty Mommy with 4 expert tips on how to minimize defiant behavior. As the mom of 8 kids, I get asked dozens of questions about how I survived the countless sleepless nights with my newborns , overcame the struggles of toilet training , and managed to keep my sanity intact while being a stay-at-home mom with so many young children underfoot. But the question I'm asked most often hands down is how to handle a defiant and rebellious child.
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ONLINE PARENTING COACH: "Best-of" Disciplinary Strategies for Defiant Children and Teens
Among a group of disruptive behavior disorders is one called oppositional defiant disorder ODD , a common mental health disorder in children and teens. ODD behavior patterns are often seen in early childhood first, with kids as young as preschool age being diagnosed with the disorder. Kids that do not outgrow the symptoms of ODD can continue to develop ever more disruptive behaviors into adolescence. Kids of all ages exhibit foul moods, hostility, and anger at times. But teens with ODD typically display consistent negative and destructive behavior patterns for more than six months, including:. Having a difficult, even explosive, adolescent can be taxing on families, teachers, fellow students, and friends of the troubled teen.
Resources for Parents of Kids With Oppositional Defiant Disorder
If your child has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder ODD you may be at a loss as to where to begin. It can be daunting to wade through information to find what is worth reading and what is a waste of your time. Let's begin with some basic information along with resources for learning more, addressing specific behaviors, and getting support so you can best help your child with ODD.
Mighty Mommy is a parent to 6 teens, so here are 6 ways that you can respond positively to your defiant teen and keep the peace at home. When his newborn coos could melt your heart in an instant? And now, 15 years later, as you try to stay patient through his attitude and smug, hurtful remarks - are you left wondering what the heck happened? Unfortunately, this type of behavior is the norm of the teen parenting package. But don't despair!