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10 Common Problems Parents Face with their Baby Children

Parenting is said to be both – pleasure and pain – and comes with its own highs and lows. Parenting isn’t as glorious as it feels when the baby is born. It comes with certain set of problems which they try to counter with their parents‘ instinct, however, it may fail. The problems they face when the child is aged between 1 to 5 years range from temper tantrums to defiance and disobedience. Children are also impulsive, hyperactive and hypersensitive, and hence poses a greater challenge to them. Elaborated are some of the common problems parents face with their children -

10. Talking Back

Argumentative children are a common problem of parents. Those kids have a tendency to question the rules of the household, and sometimes say hurtful things in anger. Probing the adult’s judgement by throwing random and nonsensical questions, possibly can grow the space in the relationship, since rebellious kids are hard to follow up with. Often parents punish their child for talking back, which either enrages the kid or makes him fear the same consequences of arguing in future.

9. Homework Issues

Children are often found procrastinating, when subjected to school homework. They try to prolong the study session, choosing TV or video games above it. It is a hassle for the parents to make their child work. It is suggested that the parents try not to interfere, and avoid reminding them about their schoolwork. To have them regain responsibility, it is suggested that they are allowed to work in their own way – though limiting the access to the television, if failing to improve, will be a strong incentive for them to complete their work as soon as possible.

8. Hypersensitive to Criticism

Highly responsive to any sort of negative comment – often originating from the need and desire to impress the parents – and getting hurt emotionally is another big problem of the children. They tend to have a period of moodiness and can generate pessimistic feelings, even to mild teasing. Along with that, they are temperamental and can’t handle imperfection. It is advisable to handle the kids with care and explain things to them with undying love, so that they can accept the negative remark and can handle criticism.

7. Lack of Communication

In today’s fast paced world, where both the parents are working, it is found that they fail to get time for their progeny. Often when having dinner, they tend to get irritated with their children’s unending questions, mostly due to tiredness and frustration. As a result, they grow apart, leading to major issue of lack of communication. Sometimes a child finds himself alone and ends up being introvert – they might end up in depression after continuous neglect by the parents. Lack of communication sews the complications in their lives, which possibly can lead to an unhealthy relationship.

6. Eating Habits

As the primary adults in the child’s life, it is often believed that parents influence the eating habits of their children. Contrary to that believe, kids are often found preferring advertised provisions. Parents are repeatedly forced to take precautionary measures to improve the eating habit – sometimes luring them to eat. Eating junk food is one of the priorities of children – a practice which might be initiated by their peers itself – but its tendency to become the only food kids willing to intake, poses a challenge for the guardians.

5. Defiance

If tired or hungry, children tend to get oppositional. They may argue, talk back, and disobey either of the parents, teachers or adults. It becomes a serious issue when the child grows up, hampering the academics and development of the child. They are often found arguing unnecessarily and questioning the preset rules of the household. Active defiance to the request of the parents and deliberately annoying and irritating people, sometimes to gain sole attention of the bearer, often ends up interfering in the functioning of the family.

4. Bedtime Issues

The most common problems related to the sleeping habit of the children are – difficulty in falling asleep in reasonable time period and resistance to sleep.

Kids tend to resist sleep for many reasons, one of them being a source to test their parents’ limit. Sometimes they are likely to develop a habit of sleeping only with some form of stimulation, like parental strokes and specific sleeping environment. Separation anxiety and nightmares frequently triggers the bedtime problems. Television is a common enticing element, and is also a reason for children to resist sleep.

A lot of times children fail to fall asleep due to wrong bedtime schedules. Circadian rhythm sleep – the internal clock of the child – if out of sync with the 24-hour day, creates a problem and messes up their sleeping habits.

3. Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is a type of animosity between the children, often originated due to jealousy and prejudice against one child in the family. It is observed that the enmity between children of same gender and of the same age is maximum. The kinship shared between pro genies is often influenced by the kind of relation their personal self has with their parents. Partial attention towards one kid induces the feeling of jealousy within the other child, resulting in antagonism between them. It is one of the major problems faced by any problem – how to juggle kids and be fair and equal to all of them.

2. Disobedience

All parents suffer a certain level of aggravation in making their child listen to them. It is one of the biggest challenges faced by them. At times, the child refuses to listen. Sometimes parents surrender, ending up claiming their child as rebellious, and sometimes they will use some sort of punishment to curb the habit. A child, who refuses to obey the peers and fails to cooperate, often has a strained relationship with parent, teacher and other adults. As a result, they ends up being their own person and rebellious, and hence, the parents should take long note on how to improve the disobedience in their child.

1. Tantrums

Temper tantrums is a sudden and unplanned display of anger, and are a common nuisance in the parents’ life. A child may cry, yell and even hit while swinging the arms while throwing tantrums. The child may also bite or pinch – the more violent form of the outburst. The most common reasons behind the hysterics are – failing to give the child his independence; to gain attention of the adult; and his failure in mastering some skill. Also, children are liable to attempt getting things done according to their wishes, which end up as a tantrum when the parents fail to comply.

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