Have you observed your little one suddenly acting strange and childish out of the blue? If yes, then they are most probably going through child regression. Child regression is defined as the change in behavior when children start displaying attention-seeking or needy behavior. This means that you’ll face more temper tantrums, difficulty getting them to finish their meals, and returning to their childish ways of talking.
As a child grows older, the parents help the child become more independent and develop the skills necessary to communicate their thoughts. However, when a child goes through child regression, they return to their old ways, which is why it is called ‘regression’ – the opposite of progression. When it comes to causes, there is a list of things that can lead to it, but it all boils to the lack of parental attention that results in them seeking it through immature behavior. With that being said, here are some ways you can deal with child regression.
1. Understanding Their Behavior
For starters, you need to know everything about your child’s behavior. Their sudden change in attitude can leave you confused and, at times, frustrated. However, you will only be able to help your child when you begin to understand their behaviors and patterns. This consists of checking the frequency of their tantrums, whether there are triggers that result in your child acting in a certain manner, or their behavior with their siblings or children their age. This will help you guide your pediatrician better, and you can control and limit your children’s outbursts.
When adults are having problems, the first thing they are told is to communicate. So, why not communicate with your little ones who are still getting used to the world around them? A sudden behavior change can be troubling for both of you, which is why parents need to communicate with their children and help them let out their emotions that are being channeled through tantrums and unexplained aggression. Once your child realizes that you are willing to communicate and provide them a safe space to let their emotions out, they will begin to open up.
Unlike adults, children believe in what they see more than what they hear. Sometimes, you tell them that you will play with them after work, but your little one sees you walk out of the door while they are crying and asking for you to stay back. Because of this, it is important to reassure your children when they are trying something new or when you are introducing a change in their daily routine. Simple words of kindness and reassurance can help your little one adapt to the changes smoothly. Another advantage is that you and your little ones can share a strong and healthy bond.
While it is important for you to seek professional help for your child, it is also important to take the steps necessary to ensure that your child feels loved and secure.