Challenging behaviour in childhood and adolescent is ubiqitious. All children and teens will argue back, be deceitful, fail to follow instructions and act angrily, rudely and unfairly towards peers. Community surveys show almost all toddlers show aggressive behaviour and even in the middle years, over 60% of parents report concerns about their child acting aggressively at least once over the preceding 12 months. One research study found that non-compliant behaviour was more frequently expressed a concern at a pediatricians office than physical health concerns.
However, while a small percent (between 1-9% have more persistently and troubling challenging behaviour and meet the criteria for an oppositional defiant or conduct disorder), challenging behaviour generally reduces in frequency and severity gradually over time.
There are many ways parents can help children and teens through this process.