Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 7 Ways To Safely Parent A Defiant Child

signs of symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder

7. Avoid negative reactions 

Avoid strategies that use verbal abuse, criticism, or physical punishments for improving your child’s behavior. Using force to make them follow house rules or your instructions can adversely affect their mental and emotional health in adulthood. One 2004 study states “Effective discipline does not instill shame, negative guilt, a sense of abandonment or a loss of trust. Instead, it instills a sense of greater trust between the child and the parent.

Apart From These, Here Are Some Other Parenting Techniques That Can Help You Cope With A Child Experiencing Oppositional Defiant Disorder – 

  • Stay away from power struggles
  • Be consistent in your behavior, expectations and rules
  • Create a safe and calm space in your home
  • Make interactions positive and light-hearted
  • Make your child responsible for their actions
  • Take more time-outs and breaks
  • Have patience and don’t rush to see improvements
  • Spend quality time together
  • Set up and follow a consistent routine
  • Praise and appreciate positive behaviors of your child
  • Use predictable and practical parenting behaviors and responses
  • Model positive behavior and interactions
  • Reduce situational and environmental triggers 
  • Learn and apply behavior modification techniques
  • Build trust with the child and other family members, teachers, mentors, coaches etc
  • Practice self-love and self-care
  • Practice relaxation and mindfulness techniques, like deep breathing, yoga and regular exercise
  • Seek support, if needed

Overcome oppositional defiant disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 7 Ways To Safely Parent A Defiant Child

Kids with ODD usually respond well to positive parenting strategies. However, it is also important that you seek medical support and consult a healthcare professional for early treatment of ODD and other coexisting psychiatric disorders. It should also be noted that children with severe symptoms of ODD have a higher chance of developing a more challenging behavioral condition known as conduct disorder.

Regardless, identifying the symptoms, seeking treatment and using preventive and positive parenting strategies can help reduce episodes and improve symptoms in the long run.

Related: Conscious Parenting: The Art Of Raising Happy Children

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