Why is your child misbehaving?
Why is your child misbehaving? (Flickr/bsrdn)

Every parent deals with bad behavior from their kids from time to time.

I can remember a time in particular when one of our boys seemed to be repeatedly pushing his siblings and hitting them with whatever he happened to have in his hand at the moment.  What we came to realize was that he was actually playing out in real life what he had been recently exposed to through some action-packed video games and movies.

Sometimes, as parents, we're guilty of thinking our kids are just being bad when there may be more we should notice going on underneath the surface. So what are some of the reasons kids misbehave? Although there may be many, here are eight every parent must consider:

1. They have an irregular/unhealthy diet.

Bottom line: What kids eat affects how they behave.  Doctors have been saying it for years, but it's true. Healthy eating encourages better behavior.

2. They have a lack of consistent discipline.

Yes, good old-fashioned discipline still works and is a cornerstone of practical and successful parenting. Discipline may take on different forms for different families; but nonetheless, it's needed, and consistency is the key.

3. They are manipulating you.

I've seen it more times than I care to count—parents being controlled by their little ones rather than the other way around. This is usually obvious to everyone except the parents.  Kids know how to push buttons to test us and see what will happen; and what they can and can't get away with.  This is often especially true when in a public setting or when others outside of the family are present. A wise parent will take notice and unapologetically win these small battles by dealing with the situation regardless of the inconvenience.

4. They are being negatively influenced.

This could be from the things they watch, the games they play or the friends they spend time with. Kids are great imitators of what they see and hear.

5. They have too much screen time.

Kids are spending more time in front of screens and less time in actual physical activity. Sadly, this can affect both their health and their behavior.  According to the Mayo Clinic, elementary children who spend more than two hours a day in screen time are more likely to struggle with obesity and behavioral problems, among other things. Never feel bad for requiring your kids to play outside or use their imaginations to have fun.

6. They're not getting enough of your attention.

Kids will knowingly misbehave if they find that it gets them the attention they crave but are lacking.

7. They are under stress or are angry.

Kids have struggles and problems too. It may be family problems, school problems or relationship problems.  All of this can have a negative effect upon the way that they behave.

8. They're just being kids.

Let's face it... kids misbehave.  Sometimes it's because they're bored or tired, and sometimes it's because they're just simply choosing to be bad.  Kids misbehave because they're kids; they need our direction. Sometimes they need our discipline. But they always need our unconditional love.

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