"Hey, lighten up, Dude, I was just kidding!"
Dear Dr. Borba,
I just saw a side of my kid I never realized. He was playing basketball with his neighbor friend,Jack, when another friend calls him to go roller blading. So he tells this poor kid to go home, then runs off leaving him stranded. I can't believe he was so insensitive! How do I get him to feel about somebody beside himself?
—Alan,J., a dad of three from Portland, Maine
Bad Attitude Act Out
"Dougy is a dummy. Why should I care how he feels?"
"So what if I made her cry. She's a dork."
"So Mr. Greenberg's mother just died? So what's that got to do with me?"
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