PARENTING : LEARN TO DEAL WITH YOUR DEFIANT CHILD.Byline: Greg Steckler and Gerald Deskin Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D. (January 10 1929 - March 9 2004) was a clinical child psychologist, marriage and family therapist. He was credited with the founding of The Learning Center Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to research and the diffusion of knowledge for
The most difficult child to deal with is defiant, angry and oppositional. You will know if you have one because this child has temper tantrums temper tantrum Pediatrics A prolonged anger reaction in an infant or child, characterized by screaming, kicking, noisy and noisome behavior, or throwing him/her self on the ground to get his/her way from a parent/caretaker/warden. Cf Adult temper tantrum. , argues with almost every request, is demanding and refuses to follow parents' orders. This behavior may show itself both at school and at home. The child doesn't accept parental authority but sees himself as equal or above his parents or teachers. These children have what is called an Oppositional Defiant Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Definition
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or ODD.
What makes matters worse is that most of the usual methods of discipline do not work. Whatever parents try, whether it is spanking spanking Pediatrics Corporal punishment, usually of children, in which the buttocks, are pummeled, swatted, or otherwise struck. See Corporal punishment Sexology Slapping, usually of the buttocks as a part of sexuoerotic activity. Cf Sadomasochism. , depriving them of their favorite toys or putting them in their rooms, the child remains defiant and uncooperative. These children, often called Explosive Children, seem to have a need to control their parents rather than accepting control, often right from birth.
The problem often coexists with other problems such as an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), formerly called hyperkinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by any or all of three types of behavior: hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity. or ADHD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Definition
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and the inability to remain focused on tasks or . Sometimes the problem seems to begin at birth. With other children, it is triggered by a family problem, such as divorce or some major change in the family.
What parents need to know is that this is not just having a difficult child, but a definite disorder that needs to be treated. For example, rather than just being seen as difficult, these children have a rigid, oppositional way of responding that not only disturbs parents but leads to problems for the children themselves. If the following suggestions don't work, you may need to see a child counselor or child psychologist child psychologist Psychology A mental health professional with a PhD in psychology who administer tests, evaluates and treats children's emotional disorders, but can't prescribe medications for additional help.
Parents can learn to cope by not falling into the child's trap. If you tell a defiant child what to do, you are about to begin an argument. If you give them alternatives, such as, ``When your homework is done, you can watch TV,'' or ``When you clean up your room, you can go to the movies,'' there is less chance of an argument. Remember not to lose your cool. Don't argue - just tell your child what the rules and limits are. Your child will try and get you into an argument, since this is what the child wants.
Decide what is really important to you. These children want to win, so let them win in some minor areas while making sure you win what is most important to you. Since ODD children want to be in charge, let them be in charge in certain areas. You be in charge in the areas that are most important to you.
It is hard to remember that these are children who need love and acceptance as much as any child. Praise your child when you can appropriately do so. Let your child know that as much as you disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back" his behavior, you still love him.
What else works depends on each child. Professional counselors or psychologists may help both parents and child deal with these problems. Medication in certain situations also may be effective. Some children learn to modify their behavior and become less abrasive abrasive, material used to grind, smooth, cut, or polish another substance. Natural abrasives include sand, pumice, corundum, and ground quartz. Carborundum (silicon carbide) and alumina (aluminum oxide) are important synthetically produced abrasives. as they get older and more mature. Some children seem to retain a negative personality pattern for a long period of time.
Suggestions for parents
Try to control your behavior when dealing with an ODD child.
When all your attempts at working with your child fail, seek professional help.