Children are supposed to test the limits and break the rules sometimes; it is how they learn about themselves, others, and the world. However, sometimes behavioral problems can become problematic when it affects the child's academic, emotional, and interpersonal functioning. There are some children that do not respond to discipline. It's normal for children to test the limits to see if the parents or caregivers will follow through, but it is not as normal for a child to repeatedly engage in behaviors if the consequences are consistent. Other children have a hard time managing their emotions. Of course it is normal for children to have temper tantrums when they do not get their way, but as the child gets older they should be able to tolerate and handle their frustration more appropriately (i.e. taking a break or stepping away from the situation). Children may also have a hard time keeping their hands to themselves or engages in aggressive actions with other children. Even teenagers may have a hard time with their impulsivity and aggression by talking back or yelling at authority figures. Again, these behaviors are common for children and teenagers, however, overtime they should be developing better skills to manage and cope with their impulses. It is also normal for children to be curious in the opposite or same-sex; however it becomes abnormal when the child displays overly sexualized behavior. Additionally, any child that intentionally harms themselves, others, or animals should be evaluated by a mental health professional. This is essential in order to ensure the safety of both the child and the community. If you have concerns about your child's behavior, psychotherapy is an effective avenue for treatment. Psychotherapists can provide both the caregiver and child with tools, educations, and skills that address each of the behavioral concerns listed above in order to help get your child back on track. To request a new patient appointment click here.