“Behave” is a scary word when applied to children. It implies forcing them to comply with societal norms created by adults and for adults. It is impossible to try to squeeze an independent and growing free spirit into a certain shape it’s not a good fit for, and expect to have a perfectly happy child as a result. Of course children will act out, and have tantrums, and talk back, and scream, and cry in this case. So, why not change societal expectations towards children by decreasing them to ZERO? Why not let kids be kids and, most likely, end up with happy children and less stressed parents as a result? Childhood is meant to be enjoyed and not merely survived. Maybe then we might end up with happier adults who see no problem with letting children be children.
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