At this stage, most of your child’s actions are aimed at attracting your attention. They will behave in an increasingly willful manner in an attempt to assert their independence. This must not be taken as being disobedient. The mood swings, the stubborness, and the naughtiness are all a part of growing up.
What you need to know
Dealing with a naughty or disobedient child needs extreme patience. Thus, your child may try shouting at you, crying, hitting you, or annoying you. Your child is not particular about whether the attention is positive or negative as long as they can catch your eye. Once you respond to your child, they will smile or laugh at you.
A naughty child is one who knows the difference between right and wrong, but lacks the maturity to exert self-control and do the right thing. They are usually apologetic and contrite when caught. However, often you will find that they are doing the exact same thing you had scolded your child for doing just an hour ago. You have to be very patient with naughty children. You and your child just do not seem to understand each other. Your child is trying to spread their wings a little bit for the first time. They will constantly waver between asserting their independence and seeking your approval.