Recognizing Dangerous Child Behavior

As parents we all would like to think of our children as being mentally healthy and within the normal range of physical and psychological development. The reality is that life is not as perfect as we wish it could be. Sometimes the children that we give birth to have emotional tendencies that can cause them to become a threat to society. There are some signs that you should look for if you are concerned about your child’s behavior.

Hostility. Does your child react with extreme anger or rage in situations where it is uncalled for? Children who have emotional problems are often unable to deal with conflict in a calm or productive manner. They tend to take personal offense at the slightest provocation and lash out in anger.

Disrespect for others. Is your child showing a blatant disregard for the feelings of others? Maybe he or she seems to get a perverse enjoyment from other people’s pain. They might be observed deliberately doing things that will cause emotional pain to someone else.

Flat emotions. Have you observed your child reacting in a completely emotionless way which should have the opposite type of response? Death of a loved one, loss of a friend and other major life events are expected to bring a certain reaction from people whose life it touches. If your child seems untouched by it or indifferent you may want to take a closer look.

Aggressive behavior. Does your child have trouble making friends or getting along with others their age? Possibly you have received reports from school that they are fighting with classmates or maybe you overhear people discussing that your child is mean. If your child is shunned by others and they seem to fear him or her, this should send red flags waving.

Violence. Does your child hit or shove classmates? Does he or she hurt animals? Are they unable to be trusted alone with siblings? Have you experienced them physically attacking you in anger? These are all classic signs of a disturbed child and help should be sought out to determine the depth of it.

Many parents overlook warning signs that their children are behaving in not only inappropriate but dangerous ways. They refuse to accept that a child of theirs could be suffering from something much darker than the normal growing phases of children. It is important to be aware of your child’s emotional stability and prepared to take necessary steps should they need professional help.