Michele Borba’s books are simply fascinating. This particular book- Don’t give me that Attitude-24 things kids do and how to stop them is a really handy guide to all parents and teachers.
In her book she covers twenty four attitude makeovers.(Here are some out of her list which I find interesting)
- Bad -Tempered
- Poor Loser
Many of these attitudes are prevalent in the behaviours in the kids I face in school and in the boys.
Behaviour correction needs to start from young. Many parents/adults assume that when a child grows older he/she will “grow” out of all these bad habits and learn to be a better person. This is UNTRUE!! For a child to improve in his attitude corrective measure need to be taken to nip the habit when they are young.
Borba has listed for each BAD attitude a step-by-step approach on how parents can
- convey their attitude expectation
- identify the warning signs
- teach ways for the child to control himself
- teaching alternative behaviour or ways of expression
- reinforcing the preferred behaviour.
She also has a 4 week attitude changing plan which parent and child can go through towards achieving the desired results. I am intending to try it out with some of my school kids so that it would make the learning environment better for all in class.