Everyone knows that children can be handful and some more than others. But is it only a natural stage of childhood development?
Could there possibly be something else, something psychological, that is making a child act out?
First, try and figure out if the child is spoiled. Does the child always get their way? How often do they hear “no”?
If they have not been told that word and have never had any form of discipline it is likely that the child is indeed spoiled.
The next step would be to discipline the child. There are many methods, depending on the severity of the behavior.
There is grounding, an old but still popular method, taking away games, television time, or giving them chores. Their behavior will not change overnight, but eventually it will change.
Now if the child is not spoiled, but when they do not get their way, they turn violent and destructive, it may be the case that they have psychological problems.
Look for other signs, such as mood swings, depression, or any problems at school.
The next step is to try and find the cause. Try to figure out if anything recently traumatic happened, such as a recent move, loss of a loved one, etc. Also talk with the child to find out how they feel. If they do feel worried, sad, or scared often, it is time to consult a doctor to see if it is something more serious.
Remember, even if it is psychological, there are a number of treatments out there that can help, from talk therapy all the way to medication. So the odds of getting the treatment that works best is good. Just be patient and supportive.