Behaviour Problems in Young
Children… or Parents?
Behaviour difficulties are a communication of difficult and painful emotional states of mind, i.e. feeling 'bad',using actions instead of mental forms of communication such as thinking and talking. This girl isn't actually being difficult. She just wants to go out to the playground so badly! But her mum hasn't got time and shouts at her a lot. That makes her want to go out and get away even more!
Pictures and text on this page from our book "In the Family" by Sibylle Janert, illustrated by Claudia Schenk
Sometimes the problem is not only the child's 'difficult behaviours', but 'behaviour difficulties in parents, because the parent feels confused, helpless and generally 'bad'.
Unable to think their way out of their problem, the adult ends up feeling trapped, - and unable to think.
Empowering Parents Through Family Centred Intervention