It helps if parents try to understand the reason behind their child’s behaviour. Generally young children want to please, want to be accepted and want positive attention. 

Having clearly laid out expectations and boundaries helps children feel safe, secure and gives them a sense of confidence

 A good tip is for a parent to set down the expected behaviour and then give the child some choice in how or when to cooperate. 

Giving children choices and enabling them to take decisions over areas of their lives such as what to wear, what to play, or what to eat within healthy food choices, helps them to become independent, develop confidence and take responsibility. 

Thinking ahead, anticipating your child’s reaction and re-directing his behaviour also works.