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A closer look at child behavior

Liliana E. Sanchez
South Lake Tahoe Women's Center

Have you ever wondered why some children are withdrawn from the world around them – the ones who hide in the back of the room or the ones who seem like they are always angry? Have you ever thought about why children behave this way or why they display behaviors beyond their years?

Children are not inherently troublemakers, they are not outcasts, loners, bad or any other label that society puts on them. When children misbehave it often indicates there is something unhealthy going on at home. One explanation for poor behavior is child abuse. Child abuse comes in many different forms; some of the most common forms of abuse are neglect, physical and sexual. There are many ways in which abuse in the home is manifested into behaviors from solitude to harming others and even themselves.

Some children grow up in homes where the examples they see are to hit someone when they want or don’t like something. Children who are neglected rarely get the attention they need to thrive leading to negative behaviors and children who are sexually abused are told to keep it a secret and have poor coping strategies. These behaviors are often a way to get reaction and attention from adults around them, even if that attention is not positive.

When we can’t explain why children acts a certain way we need to ask ourselves “Is there more to these behaviors than meets they eye?” A child who experiences abuse at home either as a victim or a witness, will in-turn display negative behaviors away from home. The next time you see children withdrawn from the world around them, hiding in the back, fighting or displaying behaviors beyond their years ask yourself “Could this child is be abused or witnessing abuse at home that they shouldn’t be?”

Children are the future leaders of the world, the future teachers, philanthropists, activists, healthcare providers and heroes. Let’s end the vicious cycle of abuse by giving our children a voice and the tools they need to be the very best they can be. If you suspect a child is being abused contact our local Child Protective Services or Law Enforcement.

To find out more about warning signs of abuse and how you can help a child in need call South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center at (530) 544-4444.

Liliana Sanchez is an outreach advocate for the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center. The Women’s Center business office was financed through a low-cost loan from the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.

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