Written by Pradeep
Mostly, adults fail to understand that children can also suffer from regression. If your child all of a sudden wets the bed, fails to indicate that she needs to go to the toilet, wants you to sleep with her even if she’s been sleeping alone for quite some time or starts throwing tantrums at the name of school, then this is a sign that your child is under regression. Parents mostly fail to understand this type of behavior, and end up having a battle of wills with their child for such behavior. Most parents get upset, and throw their hands up in frustration. Being a parent is difficult, but an ideal parent is the one who understands his child’s emotions. Even though your child is young, but he also has feelings and situations to deal with at school or in anyone else’s company. For a young child, even simple things are very complex.
Regression is when child exhibit emotions that is not age appropriate or developmentally younger than their age. One such example is sucking thumb as a toddler or wanting a pacifier to go to sleep. Regressive behavior is caused by stress, frustration, fear or any traumatic event to your child. Such regressive behavior is initiated due to some events that are unexpected for a child or which cause him distress. Basically, unlearning what a child has already learned – or not retaining new skills is termed as regression.
Regression is a part of growing up, and many children go through a regressive period. We could say, it is two steps forward and one step backward behavioral development. While we, as adults, acquire and retain new skills easily, children do not learn in a straight, upward graph – they do so in loops, sometimes, coming back to the point where they started from. It can be said that children unlearn the most recently acquired skills.
For adults or parents sighting regressive behavior in their child is very easy, but dealing with a child showing such behavior can be equally difficult. For some children regression is a merry tool to avoid certain circumstances. Throwing tantrums or talking like a baby are some example, when a child displays regression. In some situations regression in s child is a serious issue and involuntary. Wetting the bed at night, getting prone to accidents, unwillingness to sleep with light off, asking you to stay with him or her all the time, inability to indicate when nature calls strike etc. are various situations where a child’s regressive behavior can be noticed. Any action that is not age appropriate for your child and which he had grown off is regression.
There are many reasons that can cause regression in a child. Parents’ divorce, arrival of new siblings, new relationship of parents with other person, dealing with death of a close one, moving or shifting to a new place, changing schools etc. can induce regressive behavior in children. An unhealthy environment at home can also affect a child in a negative way. Regression is very common in toddlers, but it is corrected as the child grows older. Some events that are unwelcome by a child are main reason of regressive behavior. Lack of attention to children can also cause regressive behavior. Some situations that make them feel insecure, angry, scared, or sad should be handled by parents to stop such regressive behavior.
As a parent, you should understand that your child is not displaying such behavior on purpose, whereas something is causing it.
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