Dealing With Bad Behavior

Babies have their own moods and feelings, sometimes those lead to bad behavior. The most important thing to remember is that every child is different and that bad behavior will pass, if you help point your child in the right direction.
18-month-old Parker Fisher is a good natured little boy, but like many other children his age, he's going through a little bit of a tough stage. His mom, Heather, says, "He's going through a stage right now where everything is his, no is his new word. My husband and I really try to set firm limits with him so he knows what is allowed and what's not allowed. We try to reinforce the rules and promote positive behavior." Child educator Mary Gosche says, "Children are like a snow flake, they're all children but they're all unique."
For many children, misbehaving is a way to express themselves while they gain their independence. "Children are naturally curious," Gosche says. "They get into everything, they may say no all the time, they may not eat or want to dress themselves." Bad behavior doesn't necessarily start when a child is 15 to 24 months old, bad behavior can start at any age, so the best thing a parent can do is be ready and adapt.
Here are some easy ways to be ready. Child-proof your home so it's worry free, and safe. Re-direct your child if they're misbehaving, give them something else to focus their attention on. Don't ask questions, let them know what you what them to do. Offer choices, give them different options to pick from. And be a good example, children mirror their parents. Remember, misbehaving is just one part of the growing process. Gosche says, "They feel the child is misbehaving to get back at them, what they need to realize is children need clear rules and repeat the rules because children forget." Heather says, "I think it's going to get better, as long as we try to reinforce the positive behavior, hopefully he'll learn the negative behavior won't get him that far."