When children behave with defiance, anger, and disrespect, parents can be left feeling frustrated and angry themselves and resort to equally negative behaviors. It is important for parents to take a step back, try to determine underlying causes or problems, then guide the family to positive solutions.

Slamming doors, yelling, talking back, and disrespecting rules can all be signs that a child is angry or even scared about something. Many times it is not even the parent who is at the heart of the true issues, but instead the person who receives the brunt of it.

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