Antidote Tolerance Fairness Compassion

"You're stupid!"

Dear Dr. Borba,

My ten year old is so judgmental that I'm starting to be concerned. He's constantly putting others down with critical comments like, "You're such a dummy," or "Can't you do anything right?" His brothers don't want to be around him; who knows when he'll start doing the same to his friends? I'm hoping you can tell me how to turn his attitude around (or if it's even possible to do so). I'm even wondering if something else is going on that's making him so difficult.

—-Joan R., a mom of three from Little Rock, Arkansas

Bad Attitude Act Out

"None of the boys in my class are good artists."

"This family sucks! Everyone always says the same ol' crappy stuff."

"Why go? I'm sure it's going to be a dumb movie and everyone going is dumb."

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