Why do kids misbehave? Dr. Kevin Leman shares his insights on what parents need to know about misbehavior. Every kid wants attention. Are they gaining positive or negative attention by their actions? What are you teaching your child(ren) by your responses to their misbehavior? If you are provoked by your child’s behavior, they are assuming a position of power…while other children misbehave out of revenge. As a parent, your role is significant in training your child to behave appropriately.