Radovan Radetič: Understanding Our Child’s Behaviour and Responding Appropriately
Healthy families interpret a child’s feelings appropriately. Parents give food to a hungry child without objection; they calm a crying child and try to ascertain the cause of his distress; they take an angry child seriously. Healthy families take into account the wishes of a child and address his needs and feelings.
Some parents have negative behaviour patterns, patterns that are permanent and dominate a child’s life, thus harming him/her. Behaviour includes any kind of activity, occupation or personal reaction, everything that an organism is involved in, including activity and response to a stimulation. Mental health professionals believe that any behaviour is acceptable and adaptable and that development processes force a child to change, whereby solving or exacerbating his problems.