How To Handle Yourself When Your Child Treats You Like Garbage!

Nov 11, 2022

It might seem backwards to think that kids treat the people the worst, that love and accept them the most. However, most times this is true of our kids. It shouldn’t surprise you that your kids, to various degrees, “keep it together” during the day, and then when they get home to you, they lose it. This is normal and expected behavior, and when you understand the “why” behind it, you’ll have a whole new perspective on your kid’s behavior. In this episode, I dive into the following topics:

  • Unconditional love and acceptance
  • “Be a thermostat, not a thermometer”
  • Behavior reflection and their internal state
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References:
Cochran, N., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J. (2010). Child-Centered Play Therapy (1st ed.). Wiley.
VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
Landreth, G. L. (2002). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (2nd ed.). Brunner-Routledge.
Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

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