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10 Common Child Behavior Problems and their Solutions

Parenting is a bumpy ride filled with joy, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Children are in the constant mode of developing and learning to understand the world around them, which sometimes leads to behavior issues. In this article, we will dive into some common child behaviors faced by the parents, and what will be the possible solutions to navigate these issues effectively. 

1. Lying

Lying is a common behavior among children, often rooted in a wish to gain attention and to get away from punishment. Scientific research showed that children start lying as early as the age of 2 years, and it peaks up at the age of 4 to 6 years. 

To resolve this problem, it is essential to create an open and safe environment where children feel comfortable and easy to express themselves without the fear of judgment. Emphasize the value of honesty and praise your children when they are truthful and openly discuss the consequences of lying and dishonesty. 

2. Defiance

Defiance such as arguing and refusing to follow instructions, is a common behavior among children. It is a challenge for parents because it can be frustrating, but it is important to remain consistent and calm while implementing boundaries. Set up clear rules and consequences for defiance, and make sure that your children follow these rules, otherwise set up some sort of punishment. 

3. Excessive Screen Time

With the advances in technology, excessive screen time has become a rising issue among children. Research demonstrates that excessive screen time can negatively impact social skills, sleep patterns, and cognitive development. To alleviate this issue, first set limits on screen time, and then present some alternative activities such as creative projects, reading, and some outdoor games. To get a positive response, be a positive role model by limiting your own screen time and engaging in quality time together. 

4. Food-Related Problems

Food-related issues, such as unhealthy eating habits and picky eating, are very common among children. Research suggests that early exposure to a variety of food can help prevent picky eating later on. 

Always proactively work to help your children develop and maintain a healthy attitude about food. Make it clear to your children that food is meant to fuel your body not to cheer you up when they are sad, or entertain them when they get bored. Instead of pleasing everyone at meals, serve one balanced diet that is nutritious for everybody, and set limits on snacking.

5. Disrespectful Behavior

Disrespectful behavior, such as mocking, calling names, and throwing things, is very common in today's kids. Disrespectful behavior is difficult to address and it is important to take action early on, otherwise it will get worse with time. Moreover,  it is important to model the behavior that you want to expect from others. Use positive ways to praise respectful behavior and address the disrespect quickly with consequences such as time-out and loss of privileges. Besides that, promoting open communication and teaching conflict resolution can help your children tackle social interactions respectfully.  

6. Whining

Whining is another common behavior among children that is often used as a way of getting attention. According to research, ignoring is the best solution to curb whining behavior over time. Make it clear to them that whining can not give them what they want. Moreover, give them positive attention when they stop whining.

7. Impulsive Behavior

Children sometimes exhibit impulsive behavior, especially in the early stages of development. Examples of this behavior include interrupting others and acting without thinking. According to research, teaching kids self-regulation skills like deep breathing or counting to ten can help them control their impulsivity. To reduce impulsive behavior, create an environment with distinctive rules and regulations and with clear expectations.

8. Bedtime Behavior

Bedtime routines can be challenging for parents when children refuse to go to sleep. According to research, a regular bedtime and a peaceful sleeping environment might enhance the quality of your sleep. It is important to limit stimulating activities just before bed and establish a regular bedtime. Children need comfort and assurance to feel safe and at ease before going to bed.

9. Aggression

Aggressive behavior—such as punching, biting, or throwing fits—can be worrying. According to research, treating aggressive behavior requires an awareness of its root causes, which could include frustration or a lack of communication skills. Teach kids how to calmly handle conflict and vent their rage in healthy ways. Give them positive outlets for bottled-up energy, like exercise or artistic expression.

10. Lack of Motivation and Laziness

Parents may find it irritating when their children lack motivation or are lazy, particularly when it comes to homework or household duties. Empower your kids to assume accountability for their assignments and duties. Reward and promote work instead of concentrating just on results.


Overcoming behavioral issues in children is a part of the ups and downs that come with being a parent. Parents can successfully manage common behavior difficulties and promote good growth and development in their children by learning the underlying reasons for these issues and putting research-based techniques into practice. To raise happy, and healthy children, keep in mind that patience, consistency, and empathy are essential. Moreover, Bebambi is always here to help you out at every step of parenthood by providing invaluable insights and support.

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