Written by: Michael J. Swaney, M.D.
Most experienced parents will tell you that a certain amount of defiance basically comes with the child-rearing territory. It is not uncommon for a child to express opposition from time to time. After all, children are individuals with their own unique opinions and preferences. And occasionally, they will push back simply to get a rise out of Mom or Dad. However, when those occasional expressions become the norm instead of the exception, it's time to take action.