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Parenting a Reactive Child

After the illness and death of my mother, my youngest son was traumatized and stressed. We noticed a change in his behavior. While he once was a happy and content child, his behavior became unpredictable with tantrums and daily outbursts. He now dealt with his world in a reactive way.

My husband and I, through Christian counseling and prayer, found out his brain was wired very differently. He had difficulty monitoring and controlling his many moods, which caused him to act out. We needed help!

With some guidance from a professional counselor for children, we found a method called Therapeutic Parenting to be beneficial to help guide him. It took almost two years to help rewire his brain. I’m not going to lie, it was difficult! There were many tears from all of us. But I can honestly say when you use patience and parent from the heart of God, it’s worth it!

My son knows he is loved, feels safe, and has healthy boundaries to feel empowered to make wise choices in his life. Rather than lashing out in an unhealthy way, he now has the tools to cope with the world around him. I’m not saying he’s perfect, but in many ways I feel like I have a completely different and healthy little boy!

If you have a child in your life who is reactive, don’t give up hope! There is a wonderful resource available for you here.

Your child is worth it! Praying for you, friend; God’s got you!