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Who is an Explosive Child?

Explosive ChildWho is an explosive child?  Explosive is a descriptive term for children who become frustrated far more easily and more often and communicate their frustrations in ways that are far more extreme than ordinary children.


However a simple label does not begin to capture the upheaval, turmoil, trauma that outbursts cause.  These outbursts affect each member of the family.

How do we start to help an explosive child?

The explosive child or behaviourally challenging children need us to take a close look at our own beliefs about challenging behaviours.  This is an extremely challenging task to do alone because to do it successfully you have to really question your beliefs.  Your beliefs come from how you were raised, what you think about how to deal with challenging children and what messages that you are receiving from the community.  We have so many people offering suggestions on how to handle an explosive child.

Nevertheless what happens if you are being told something different to what you believe in how to help an explosive child?  This is not easy to do by yourself as it can feel like a tug of war inside it and we usually resort back to what we already know.

However, for parents who have an explosive child, they are usually asked to apply strategies that are often a far cry from ways to which most adults interact with and discipline children who are not behaviourally challenging.  You will also hear plenty of suggestions and opinions which can be challenging for families.

Nevertheless, one of the most important parts on handling an explosive child is actually understanding why they behave as they do.  The more accurate that your understanding can be, by itself, leads to improvements in your interactions with your child, even before any formal strategies are tried.

By understanding from your child’s point of view rather than just an adult’s assumptions is half the battle in reducing explosive outburst.

Always remember that a child will be successful if they have the tools to be successful.