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Managing difficult behaviour

  • 0-1 Years
  • 1-5 Years
  • 5-11 Years
  • 11-19 Years
  • SEND
  • Behaviour, emotions and mental health
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All children will display difficult behaviour at times. But if their difficult behaviour is causing you or your child distress, or upsetting the rest of the family, it's important to deal with it.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2023

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Managing difficult behaviour for newborns, toddlers and young children

It’s natural for children to display naughty behaviour sometimes. It is all part of growing up. But dealing with your child’s behaviour can be a stressful experience, especially if you’re tired. Yet there are lots of things you can do to help ease the struggle for you and your child.

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Managing difficult behaviour for young people and teenagers

As your child grows, they will face new experiences. This can bring about a mix of emotions. The way a teenagers brain develops means they may feel emotions very strongly. These intense feelings can sometimes mean they become argumentative. There are lots of things that you can do to help manage these challenging behaviours in a supportive way. 

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Who can help

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s behaviour, emotions or mental health, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support.

You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation.

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