Parenting a child is very tough job. The job is even harder when a child is experiencing emotional, behavioral or developmental problems. One type of problem may be fear and anxiety of being away from a parent; another might be frequent meltdowns, a third type might be not following household rules and directions, a fourth example would be trouble paying attention, and lastly difficulty making or keeping friends. Obviously this is an abbreviated list of childhood emotional and behavioral problems and you may have a child who is experiencing something that concerns you not mentioned here. If you are a parent of a child with one or more of those problems it is critical that you are getting the understanding, support, and guidance you need.
Over the past 27 years I have worked with many parents, children and families. It is clear to me that children’s problems are always the result of multiple factors. Biology and genetics along with temperament can play a role, as can stressful life events, traumas, family and household stress, and medical and developmental problems. Whatever combination of factors may have contributed to the kind of challenges your child faces what is important is having information that will help you to help your child. Below are list of books and organizational resources that I and the families I have worked with have found to be very helpful guides.
On Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders:
Smart But Scattered, Putting the Brakes on
On Anxiety and Fear:
S.O.S. For Emotions, What To do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
On Frustration, Irritability, and Anger:
No More Meltdowns, What To Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Anger, What To Do When you Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity
On Listening, Following Directions and Rules:
S.O.S. For Parents