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There may be a number of reasons for a judgmental attitude. Here are a few:

□ A kid may really feel confident that he knows better and is smarter than anyone else. This may be a byproduct of youthful arrogance or the fact that you've made this little critter feel as though he's the center of the universe and every word from his lips is gold.

□ He may be overcompensating for a sense of inferiority or lack of confidence. He cuts and slashes as a defense against feeling he's inadequate.

□ He may be retaliating in a hostile or aggressive manner to the critical abuse he's been getting at home or in school.

□ He may somehow have learned to be intolerant of diverse perspectives and identities or may be unable to handle complexity or ambiguity.

□ He may be a part of peer culture where it is "cool" to be negative, to put down everything and everyone.

Before beginning your campaign to reverse your kid's bad attitude, take a hard look at where it's coming from.

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