Just like adults, kids don't always have words to describe what they're feeling, so unspoken fears end up translating into unsettling changes in behavior. Here are some behaviors which signal that children are wrestling with feelings and thoughts they don't understand.

The child might unexpectedly become:

  • filled with bravado
  • aloof and/or defensive
  • increasingly disorganized
  • more quiet and withdrawn
  • irresponsible
  • noisy
  • annoyed
  • clingy
  • unfocused
  • less mature