Step Go Beneath the Surface

Here are some common and less apparent reasons that may be contributing to your child's selfish attitude. Check off the ones that apply to you:

□ You're spoiling the kid for bad reasons of your own (for example, guilt, compensation, avoidance,"love").

□ You don't treat discipline and setting limits as a high priority in your parenting.

□ You or another adult member of your family is modeling selfishness.

□ Your kid is feeling neglected.

□ Your kid is jealous of a partner or sibling.

□ Your kid resents how much you indulge yourself with luxuries and privileges.

□ Your child has never been taught the value of selflessness.

□ Your child has poor emotional intelligence and has difficulties identifying or understanding other people's emotions.

□ Your child is angry, anxious, or depressed or having some other problem that makes it difficult for him to think of others.

Review this list carefully, pick out the ones that most apply to your family, and start focusing on each problem with the appropriate steps below or elsewhere in this book.

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.

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