Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Step-by-Step Approach to Building Positive Attitudes in Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Step-by-Step Approach to Building Positive Attitudes in Kids

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Do you think your child is spoiled? Some 80 percent of adults think kids today are more spoiled than they were only 10 or 15 years ago.

Of course, society has a role to play in this. Children are exposed to too much too early, including many negative images and attitudes. The role parents play in encouraging, tolerating or trying to deal with selfish, self-centered and insensitive behavior is the subject of Michele Borba's new book, Don't Give Me that Attitude. Borba, who also wrote Building Moral Intelligence and Parents Do Make a Difference, looks at some of the mistakes we make in trying to change our children. She offers down-to-earth strategies and antidotes for coping with 24 separate attitudes such as "fresh," "lazy," "greedy," "pessimistic," "ungrateful" and "irresponsible."

Clearly, many of these attitudes overlap. For example, ill-tempered children can also be defiant. …

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