Misbehavior is the last judgment to a trail of events. Children should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Actual intentions need to be discovered and feelings unearthed to dig out the true causes for behavior for a fair judgment to be made.

Getting to the root cause of misbehavior can be tricky. With limited communication, children of a very young age don’t have the vocabulary to express their feelings. Crying or cranky behavior can be a symptom of a food allergy, but the child has no way of explaining to you how he or she feels, and reacts to the discomfort.

Misbehavior can be a reaction to food, environment, miscommunication, need for attention, need for freedom or household changes. Careful observation can help you determine which area may be causing your child to act out, to better assist him through the struggle.