Conflict between parents and children is normal. It is part of family life. But conflict that goes on for a long time and gets worse over time can cause stress and can hurt relationships. It is important to communicate with each other and bring conflict to a peaceful solution. You can do this through compromise or by agreeing to disagree.
In some cases, you may have to change your behaviour to settle a conflict with your child. Some of your child's behaviour may be a reaction to your behaviour. So, if you want your child to behave in a certain way, the best approach may be to change your behaviour so that your child will change his or her reaction.
But children should be responsible for their own actions—and the results. All parents want to protect their children. But in some cases, if the child is not in physical danger, it may be best to let the child deal with the negative results of things he or she does.
No matter what else you do, communicate with your children and make sure they know that you love them. This can make dealing with conflict easier and more effective.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems.
Call 911 anytime you think you or your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's behaviour, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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