Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
Home > Kids > Behavior and Discipline > Behavioral Problems > Attitude Makeover: Selfish
|

Attitude Makeover: Selfish

Facing Your Own Bad Attitudes
Think about when you grew up. Do you think your childhood friends were as selfish as the generation of kids today? What might be contributing to the rise of selfishness? How are you contributing to it?

Kids are not born selfish and inconsiderate, so where is your kid learning the attitude? Could it be from your behavior? How well are you modeling selflessness to your kid? Is your example teaching her to be selfless and giving or greedy, self-centered, and inconsiderate? Are you ever accused of being selfish? Why? Which do you feel is more important: what you have or who you are? How would your kid answer that question about you?

What about your own parenting? Is there anything you might be doing to exacerbate your kid's selfishness? Here are some issues to consider: Are you compensating for a lack of material or emotional generosity you experienced in childhood? Are you lax on limits because you want your kid to like you? Do you indulge your kid's whims hoping it might improve your relationship? Do you give in to your kid's cries, whines, pouts, demands (or whatever antics used) because it's just "easier"? Do you sometimes feel guilty for not spending enough time with your kids so you buy them things to alleviate your guilt?

How important to you are the virtues of selflessness and charity? Do you share those beliefs in your walk and talk to your kids? How much emphasis is placed on philanthropy and giving in your family? Would your kids agree with your verdict?

What is the first step you need to take to fight selfishness in yourself as an example to your sons or daughters? Write down changes you need to make.

I will




The "Don't Give Me That Attitude" Makeover
To eliminate your kid's selfish ways, take the following steps.

Step 1. Go Beneath The Surface
Here are some common and less apparent reasons that may be contributing to your child's selfish attitude. Check off the ones that apply to you:

You're spoiling the kid for bad reasons of your own (for example, guilt, compensation, avoidance, "love").

You don't treat discipline and setting limits as a high priority in your parenting.

You or another adult member of your family is modeling selfishness.

Your kid is feeling neglected.

Your kid is jealous of a partner or sibling.

Your kid resents how much you indulge yourself with luxuries and privileges.

Your child has never been taught the value of selflessness.

Your child has poor emotional intelligence and has difficulties identifying or understanding other people's emotions.

Your child is angry, anxious, or depressed or having some other problem that makes it difficult for him to think of others.

Other:




Review this list carefully, pick out the ones that most apply to your family, and start focusing on each problem with the appropriate steps below or elsewhere in this book.

Next: Take action >>
|

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.

Buy the book at www.amazon.com.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Handwriting Headquarters
We've got handwriting practice worksheets, handwriting tips, and answers to your child's writing struggles, just in time for back to school. Brought to you by BIC.

11 Coolest Lunch Boxes for Kids
Send your child's lunch to school in style! Check out our picks for the 11 best lunch boxes with great features from BPA-free accessories to spill-resistant fabric.

7 Important Back-to-School Safety Tips
Follow these back-to-school safety tips to make sure your child stays safe on the way to school, in the classroom, and while on the playground.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!