Every parent has been there — your child erupts into a tantrum in the middle of the store or dumps the contents of his toy box in the toilet, leaving you scratching your head. It's easy for parents to feel as if they're to blame when their child acts out of sorts. But there is a reason for your child's wackiest behavior, and it isn't always your fault. If you're struggling to decode your child's behavior, you should know that there are reasons your kid is acting out that have nothing to do with you.
Although parents can play a role in why their children act out by giving in to tantrums and modeling bad behavior, there are other reasons kids engage in bad behavior that have nothing to do with Mom and Dad. As children grow and develop, they are constantly exploring their environment. Part of that exploration involves pushing the limits of their behavior. Coupled with the fact that very young children often haven't developed the language to express themselves, it's no surprise that they would resort to acting out as a means of getting their point across.
So the next time your child behaves in a way that makes you question your parenting skills, remember that something else might be going on. Do your best to help them work through their issues and things should be back to normal soon — whatever normal is today.