Behavioral problems with children can result from problems within the family, trouble with friends and health problems like mild autism or a myriad of other things. If you know your kid well, you may believe none of these is the case. Indeed, you know that you can chalk up many behavioral problems to plain old boredom.
Most schools teach everything in a homogenizing manner with courses that are designed to work well with the typical students. Your child is, of course, a unique student, who has a unique way of learning. While teachers at the school your child attends may recommend that you talk to your family doctor and get a prescription for one of the popular behavioral changing drugs on the market, don’t feel like you must take their advice.
Read this! Many of the people we study who are our “so called” geniuses of the past would have been diagnosed with ADD or similar learning disabilities by today’s educational standards.
But there is a way to get your child to change his or her behavior without using medication.
Parents have reached phenomenal success by closely examining their child’s thoughts and behavior and discovering what it is about the learning process the child finds boring. This kind of parenting may seem to take more time than some families have to offer but rest assured there are shortcuts along the way.
One such shortcut for quickly getting to the bottom of what is causing your child’s problems at school is to ask him or her to keep a daily journal. Much can be learned from reviewing your child’s writing, especially when she is allowed to write freely about her feelings.
It is probable that a child will take the process of writing their thoughts down more seriously than verbal communication, in part due to the difficulty of the task. That is why you can give more credence to how your child expresses themselves on paper rather than on analyzing every “off the cuff” remark they might make to you.
When you read your child’s journal – with their permission of course! – you will find what subjects they are truly interested in and why. You can take this information and use it to find ways of challenging your child by giving them extra opportunities to explore and study a topic of interest. Very soon your child will see, on his or her own, more in-depth exploration of a subject can help him or her to decipher and interpret information. An example that is easy to understand would be for a child who is interested in art. Encourage him to learn about art history and to explore his love for general history as it relates to periods in time surrounding the creation of their favorite art pieces.
Once the child’s mind is challenged by learning, boredom will slip away and so too will the behavioral problems in school.