Parenting Trap #9: The ‘They’ll Grow Out of It’ Trap

Another common trap is for parents to see their child’s behavior problem as a passing phase and to expect him to grow out of it. Thinking a child might grow out of a particular behavior may prevent parents from finding out why the problem is occurring, looking for solutions to the problem, and making changes or seeking help.


What to try instead:

  • Seek out information on parenting: Figure out what phases children go through to distinguish between behavior that needs to be dealt with and behavior that they will grow out of. Talk to family and friends about their experiences. You may find it helpful to read books, blogs, or articles about parenting. Many community services (like the Exchange Family Center) provide information, parenting education programs, and support groups.

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