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Why Does My Child Melt Down Only at Only One Parent’s House?

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From the U.S.: 9 yr old daughter exhibits anger she can’t control while in parents presence, the child goes to other parents house she does not exhibit the anger and doesn’t want that parent to know about it. the anger is uncontrollable, she hits, kicks, pinches, grabs, shoves, breaks things and prevents parent from leaving room to calm down. has repeatedly self harmed by scratching body with nails, hits head on walls and floors and talks of hating herself and wanting to die, my question is how does the child suppress anger at other parents house and is there a name for this?

Why Does My Child Melt Down Only at Only One Parent’s House?

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You are right to be very, very concerned. This is not normal behavior. It is often a signal that something very bad has happened to a child and that she is letting the adults know in the only way she knows how that she needs help. Please get her to a child therapist as soon as you can for an evaluation. She needs and deserves a professional evaluation and help. You need and deserve to learn ways to help her.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Why Does My Child Melt Down Only at Only One Parent’s House?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Why Does My Child Melt Down Only at Only One Parent’s House?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/10/17/why-does-my-child-melt-down-only-at-only-one-parents-house/
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