“Misbehavior actually serves many wonderful purposes in your child’s development. It would be misguided to try to stop misbehavior. Your goal is better framed as preventing the likelihood of misbehavior being repeated and becoming habitual. You can do this by responding to misbehavior wisely when it happens. For children, a huge amount of learning comes from making mistakes. Adults often call these mistakes “misbehavior,” yet they serve a vital function for a child. Children learn the meaning of yes, by declaring no. They learn the meaning of yours by proclaiming mine. Likewise, they grasp the concept of patience by making constant demands. Misbehavior serves children as a communications system. Adults must learn to read children’s signs.” “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline” Becky A. Bailey, PhD.