Behaviour – why does it change?
Any changes in our daily routine can make us all anxious – such as not knowing what will happen and when. An example of this could be if the child is playing a game with other children but not understanding the rules fully. S/he misjudges the game and misinterprets what s/he should be doing, and then gets told off by their peers for being silly.
Another example may be when a child goes to an unfamilar setting such as visiting family – there may be different rules and expectations for the child, such as having to sit at the table for longer and behave well. The thought of doing this may make the child more anxious and then “act up” even before getting there.
Tiredness may also affect the child’s behaviour and hunger may affect the child’s ability to stay on task and behave in all settings.
Upsetting events at home may have a knock-on effect for the child sometimes months later – such as separation/divorce/death in the family.
Sickness may also affect the child’s behaviour.
A new family member, such as a newborn, often alters the child’s behaviour with other family members.