“When children are under the influence of an anxious brain, their behavior has nothing to do with wanting to push against the limits. They are often great kids who don’t want to do the wrong thing, but they are being driven by a brain in high alert.
If we could see what was happening in their heads when anxiety takes hold like this, their behavior would make sense. We would want to scoop them up and take them away from the chaos of it all. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they should be getting a free pass on their unruly behavior. Their angry behavior makes sense, and it’s important to let them know this, but there will always be better choices they are capable of making.
Once kids have …”