Signs of Struggle
These behaviors may indicate that your child is feeling left out.
- He reverts to habits that he's long since kicked, like sucking his thumb.
- She suddenly experiences separation anxiety even though she's usually comfortable leaving your side.
- Your good-natured kid suddenly starts throwing tantrums, disobeying authority, and generally acting out.
- He unexpectedly withdraws and seems sad or refuses to participate in a favorite hobby or activity.
Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Parents magazine.