You’re whipping up a batch of cookies and your kid is desperate to lick the bowl. You tell them not to touch anything and wait until you’re finished and what does your kid do? Looks you straight in the eye and sticks their finger right in the batter. Or what about yesterday when you told your child to stop jumping on the couch and they just laughed at you and kept going?
If any of that behavior sounds familiar, you're not alone. Fortunately, Instagram's favorite child psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy has some advice... and she should know since she has one of these kids herself!
First of all, rest assured that you do not have a sociopath, the expert explains in a video recently posted to her account.
“We often think of a tantrum as a kid doing this, they kind of fall to the ground and they're crying, and they're helpless,” Dr. Becky says. “That's only one form of a tantrum. Another form of a tantrum is actually an escalation in behavior.” Yep, cue the laughing and doing exactly what you told them not to do.