Child’s Challenging Behavior

All children can be defiant, fussy, whiny, hurtful to others, excessively angry, withdrawn, constantly crying, or refuse to eat or sleep—once in a while. But when these behaviors become habits, it becomes a big challenge for parents and caregivers to be as loving, patient, persistent, and creative as possible. Many of these are normal behaviors and will resolve with simple strategies, but sometimes they become something more serious. Whether the child is in distress and communicating their stress and frustration the only way they know how, or whether the child’s personality requires a non-standard strategy to navigate around, experts from many backgrounds have suggestions.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.


Dr. Shefali Tsabary: Children Don't Need Fixing | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent, says that no matter how out of control a child may seem, they don't need fixing. Watch as she explains a hands-on, fully present approach to parenting that can create conditions in which any child can thrive.


When Children Act Out | Dealing with Challenging Behaviors (Feat. Tracy Schreifels)

Learn how to deal with a child who acts out during transitions. We use a role play example to clearly demonstrate interventions that can help manage acting out behaviors.


Interpreting Challenging Behaviors

Tal Ben-Shahar discusses current research on the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make a difference in one's life.


Managing Challenging Behaviors in Children

Kelli Didomenico of The Children's Workshop shared the following tips to managing challenging behaviors in children: The Rhode Show is WPRI 12's daily lifestyle show for having fun, eating well, and living life.


Do Kids Misbehave on Purpose? (You Know You’ve Wondered) | Erin Clabough

Erin Clabough shares the number 1 question we all need to ask ourselves as parents.


Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Excerpt from instructional DVD series for teachers of young children titled: Facing The Challenge.


Britain's Challenging Children (Child Psychology Documentary) | Real Stories

This film follows life inside 5 UK primary schools to uncover the enormous challenges faced by teachers dealing with violent and disruptive behaviour.


How to Address Children with Challenging Behaviors in an Early Childhood Environment (Ec-4)

Learn how to address challenging behaviors in early childhood settings (EC-4) by Brenda Armstrong for Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA) Teachers. These techniques can be applied at home as well. In this video you will learn how to address students that misbehave.


Peter A. Levine Speaks to Bullying


Introducing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: Techniques and Solutions

The DVD, produced by Grace Hanlon, M.S.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.