Health Matters: Do children outgrow 'bad behavior'?

Every child will misbehave at one point or another, but it’s important to recognize the factors influencing a child’s behavior and when to ask for help.
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Over-reactive parenting, as well as lax parenting, may effect a child's problem behavior.Claudia Burlotti / Getty Images

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By Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD

Anyone who’s been around children – parent or not – knows that kids will misbehave some of the time. Every child has times when he or she doesn't listen. But what about the child whose behavior is persistently problematic? What are the right steps to take? Maybe just ignore it and they’ll outgrow it? What is the best thing to do for both the child ... and the parent?

Check out this video to understand more about the factors influencing a child’s behavior and when to reach out for help.

Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD is the NBC News Health Editor. Follow her on Twitter @drfernstrom.