Healthy Minds - Happy Kids

It is common for a child to demonstrate their emotions through his or her actions without real understanding or recognition of the emotion. A child may give their parent a hug, a kiss, or draw a picture to show their happiness, and love. However, sometimes their emotions act out through violence, anger, or withdrawing. Unfortunately, their emotions and moods can frequently go unrecognized, and parents, teachers, and other adults only notice the child’s actions and not understand why the child is acting in a violent or angry manner.

It is important parents understand why their child may be acting differently. Unlike adults, children sometimes have a more difficult time understanding his or her emotions, and why he or she acts violently or angry.

We strongly encourage parents to talk with their children, and participate in activities their children enjoy. Creating a bond with a child provides an opportunity for him or her to feel more comfortable talking, and properly recognizing their emotions about a situation.

If you feel your child has become more violent, disobedient, angry, or withdrawn, contact a local Taylor Life Center today or call (866) 975-2995. Our therapists will help you and your child together discover the cause of their emotions, how to understand and react, as well as help restore balance, positive emotions, and better relationships. 

Parent Resources

Data on Children's Mental Health and Trauma

All of information below was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -

Prevalence of Exposure to Violence During Childhood

Childhood Trauma's Impact on Health Risks

Childhood Trauma's Impact on Child's Developing Brain

Trauma's Impact on Childhood Development