Five Reasons Why Children Misbehave

Children are not born into this world with a preconceived idea of how to act badly. Therefore, it is safe to assume that children learn bad behavior. Because children have both undeveloped minds and bodies, their understanding of the world and how to react to it is very limited. Therefore, it is important to remain patient with children who are experiencing things for the first time. Your reactions to your child’s first cognitive experiences will shape his or her behavior.

Adults can often find it hard to understand and be patient with their children. This is because adults lose perspective of the kinds of emotions and feelings they experienced in their childhood. Because of children’s undeveloped minds, they may find it very hard to accurately convey their feelings to an adult, making it even harder for an adult to understand children’s emotions and thought patterns.

Here are common reasons why children misbehave and how to correct them.

They are testing your limits.

Children, especially young children, test their parent’s limits to understand what their boundaries are. This form of misbehavior is not necessarily an act of defiance; rather, it is their way of understanding what their parents will and will not allow them to do.

Stay consistent with your rules and limits. If you are too flexible with your rules, your child may not understand what his or her limits are. If you discipline them for something you have previously allowed, it may only discourage them.

They want your attention.

Some children have misguided ideas about their relationships with their parents. Unfortunately, this can result in negative behavior in exchange for attention. If a child is not receiving any positive attention, he or she may manipulate you by gaining your negative attention from his or her misbehavior.

Like limit testing, this is not necessarily an act of rebellion. Parents find it easy to pay more attention to other things, such as bills, family, friends, and other personal issues. However, parents need to show attention to their children as well. To keep your child from misbehaving for attention, give them simple praise and recognition when they do something good.

You teach them how to misbehave.

This may be a hard point to accept, but many parents ignorantly teach their children how to misbehave. Children learn from watching, and parents are a child’s main influence. If your child misbehaves for no apparent reason, you should step back and examine your own behavior. React positively to certain situations to ensure that your child develops a positive attitude as well.

They believe they are bad children.

Self-esteem plays a very important role in a child’s behavior. If you constantly tell your children they are bad, they will believe they are bad. Your job as the parent is to correct your child’s misbehavior in an appropriate manner. Children are often belittled when they have made honest mistakes. If children are constantly belittled, they will either develop a severe lack of self-esteem, or they will misbehave out of frustration.

Because they get what they want when they misbehave.

Unfortunately, many parents give in to their children’s demands. If a child knows that he or she can get what they want by throwing a temper tantrum, they will do it. Parents need to inform their child that his or her misbehavior is an unacceptable way of earning privileges or desired items. Moreover, parents, under no circumstance, should reward their child’s misbehavior.

Sensibly enough, your children will throw more temper tantrums if the first temper tantrum did not work. After your children have learned that they will not get what they want by misbehaving, and you have shown them how they ought to behave, they will correct their behavior to meet your standards.

The most important thing that parents should do for their children is to show them that you love them, and tell them that they will always be loved. Some children fear that their misbehavior will cause their parents to stop loving them. If you include your children in every part of your life, your children will know that you love them completely. This kind of involvement is the best way to prevent misbehavior.

About Marion Witte

Marion Witte was born and raised on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota. It was there that she acquired her Midwestern work ethic and her philosophy of helping others. Marion enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur, and upon selling her various business interests she began pursuing a life of philanthropy. She is passionate and outspoken about the need for radical changes in the way we view children and parenting. Her memoir “Little Madhouse on the Prairie” relays the story of her life, and it is the basis of her commitment to this work. She founded and manages the Angel Heart Foundation and its sister organizations “Next Generation Parenting” and “Brave New Leaders.”

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