“Tots with ‘Tude” — The Discovery Files

Defiant behavior from toddlers toward their mothers may not be a bad thing, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. They studied the mother-child interaction of 14- to 27-month-old children and found this behavior may in fact reflect an emerging autonomy and healthy confidence. The study also indicated a correlation to the mother’s behavior. Children with mothers exhibiting symptoms of depression were more likely to ignore requests and less likely to exhibit defiance — possibly at risk of becoming overly passive.