Children of all ages can feel off balance as they cope with changes such as a military move or a parent's deployment. If you're feeling frustrated with your child or teenager, take a step back and consider what their behavior is really trying to say.
What is Happening?
- Children regressRegression can happen in response to any big change in a child's life. Children may revert to behaviors you thought they outgrew – such as whining or acting clingy.
- Children find it difficult to regulate or control their emotions. Children may lose their ability to keep their cool and cope with problems that they've easily handled before. They might have emotional meltdowns to minor incidents or be more moody and irritable for a short time.
- Physical reactions often occur. As children adjust to the changes in their world they may often complain of headaches or stomachaches. They may want to sleep more than normal or are unable to sleep well. They may experience appetite loss or decreased amounts of energy.
- New behaviors emerge. You may notices changes in your child’s academic performance, uncharacteristic incidents of acting out, or aggressive behavior. They may appear anxious, worried, or depressed.
Reach Out for Help if You See...
- Common stress reactions such as persistent headaches, stomachaches, moodiness, etc.
- Significant changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Difficulty concentrating or coping with common daily problems or routine issues
- Considerable or prolonged drop in grades
- Uncharacteristic incidents of acting out or aggressive behaviors
- or High-levels of anxiety or worry
Resources for Parents
The clickable images below provide documents that detail additional age specific resources for school aged kids and teens that may be useful.