Because parenting styles and individual children's personalities vary widely, it's not always easy to tell if a child's oppositional behavior is just a short phase that's a normal part of development, a purposeful habit, or part of a condition that needs closer attention. Parents are often concerned about being too rigid and wonder what they should put up with and what they should let slide. Understanding the nature of defiance and its future implications will help you understand your child's situation and how to help in a loving way.

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