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Tell me what happens if your kid has a bad attitude?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to say

Not knowing what "bad attitude" means for this child, hard to give a meaningful answer. In general, others react poorly to a child who is not "with the program, " which can mean social isolation from peers, disciplinary action from teachers, & strained relationships with parents, siblings, and relatives.
Understanding the cause can be a start; probably could benefit from professional assessment.

In brief: Hard to say

Not knowing what "bad attitude" means for this child, hard to give a meaningful answer. In general, others react poorly to a child who is not "with the program, " which can mean social isolation from peers, disciplinary action from teachers, & strained relationships with parents, siblings, and relatives.
Understanding the cause can be a start; probably could benefit from professional assessment.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
I agree. If a child is experiencing harmful dysfunction in any of the ways. you describe, he will benefit from evaluation & treatment. If it's hard for people who love a child to tolerate his " attitude", imagine how unsuccessful he may be in other areas of his life. I vote for helping a child before he spirals downward.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: That depends on you.

See a behavioral therapist, who will explore family dynamics, parenting style, school problems & difficulty with peers.
Set clear rules for behaviors you expect. Consistently use immediate reinforcers for those you want & consequences for those you don't want. Don't engage in arguing or show anger. Positive or negative attention reinforces behaviors. Ignoring behaviors makes them go away.

In brief: That depends on you.

See a behavioral therapist, who will explore family dynamics, parenting style, school problems & difficulty with peers.
Set clear rules for behaviors you expect. Consistently use immediate reinforcers for those you want & consequences for those you don't want. Don't engage in arguing or show anger. Positive or negative attention reinforces behaviors. Ignoring behaviors makes them go away.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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