Our children seem to act out at the worst times. They might be angels at home, but as soon as we're surrounded by witnesses, they display their worst. But, what if these behaviors aren't our kids misbehaving at all? According to Psychology Today, many of the most frustrating behaviors are actually developmentally appropriate stages. Knowing this might not make them less annoying, but it could help parents manage their own reactions.
1. They can't control their impulses.
Turns out, not naughty.
2. They get overstimulated.
Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, explains that kids experience a "cumulative stress reaction."
3. Kids are more sensitive to "core conditions" than adults are.
This means children are not unlike Gremlins.
4. Little people feel BIG feelings.
But for kids, emotions can be entirely overwhelming.
5. Kids have a developmental need for movement.
Ever feel like you live with monkeys instead of children?
6. They need to assert their independence.
via: GettyDoes your child constantly resist your authority? Are they defiant? Do they do incredibly annoying things because they insist on not needing any help? Do they make terrible decisions?