Children misbehave for a variety of reasons. They may be testing the limits of authority. They may also be seeking attention. When children do not as asked, it is a form of misbehavior that prompts disciplinary action. According to Ohio State University, children should be expected to test authority and exert independence as they grow, and a certain amount of defiance is healthy. A lack of disciplinary action accompanied by continued defiance, however, will simply reinforce the negative behavior because there are no negative consequences associated with the defiance. Disciplining defiant children can be accomplished.
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