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.
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