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Attitude Makeover: Judgmental

The New Attitude Review
All attitude makeovers take hard work, constant practice, and parental reinforcement. Each step your child takes toward change may be a small one, so be sure to acknowledge and congratulate every one of them along the way. It takes a minimum of twenty-one days to see real results, so don't give up! And if one strategy doesn't work, try another. Write your child's weekly progress on the lines below. Keep track of daily progress in your Attitude Makeover Journal.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Ongoing Attitude Tune-Up
Where does your child's attitude still need improvement? What work still needs to be done?

Attitude Makeover Resources
For Parents
Positive Self-Talk for Children: Teaching Self-Esteem Through Affirmations, by Douglas Blouch (New York: Bantam Books, 1993). A wonderful guide that instructs parents, step-by-step, how to help toddlers to teens turn off the negative voice within and activate the powerful "yes" voice.

Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, by Zig Ziglar (New York: Ballantine Books, 1996). Written by the popular motivational speaker Ziglar, this book offers sensible guidelines on raising positive, happy kids.

For Kids
Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes (Hew York: Harper Trophy, 1996). Chrysanthemum always thought her name was perfect – until she started kindergarten and the kids made fun of it. A perfect book for young kids about name-calling and put-downs. Ages 4 to 8.

Positively Mother Goose, by Diane Loomans, Karen Kolberg, and Julia Loomans (New York: H. J. Kramer, 1991). These rhymes are a delightful twist on the traditional Mother Goose tales. The authors have turned the old rhymes into new positive, affirming ones. For young ones.

The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill (New York: Dell, 1984). A satire on the garbage strike in New York City and how negativity began to spread to all. Ages 10 to 13.

The Meanest Thing to Say: Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers, by Bill Cosby (New York: Scholastic Trade, 1997). A plain wonderful way to help kids learn a lesson of a prosocial way to combat meanness and name-calling. Ages 4 to 8.

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1959). The classic novel about a group of English schoolboys stuck on a deserted island and the destructiveness of put-downs. Ages 12 to 15.

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From Don't Give Me That Attitude by Michele Borba, Ed.D. Copyright © 2004 by Michele Borba. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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