How can you handle your child’s attitude?
When did your little bundle of joy suddenly become a child with an attitude problem. Attitudes are a learned behavior, which is why it is important to demonstrate a positive attitude around your children while they are growing up. Unfortunately you can be the most positive person in the world, but your child will still develop an attitude. They can pick it up easy from outside sources like school, and friends. So let’s talk about how you can deal with and change your child’s attitude.
Figure out the attitude you want to change
You will want to distinguish between just irritable behavior and an attitude to figure out exactly what you are wanting to change. The more specific you are in which behaviors you want changed, the better likelihood of getting your child to change-up their behavior. You will want to communicate with your child exactly what you expect from them, and how you would like them to change their behavior and attitude.
Next you will want to have a game plan in place of how you are going to turn around or change their attitude. It’s important to make sure there are specific consequences on what will happen shall they proceed to keep giving you the same attitude you have asked them to change.
Now you will want to make sure you are committing to your plan and being consistent overall for at least a three-week timeframe. Why three weeks you may ask? This is because an attitude is a habit and rut that children get stuck in. In order to change this behavior and habit it usually takes around three weeks time. The majority of the time we have difficultly in changing our kids attitudes is because we don’t stick to the plan long enough. Kids will wait you out until they cannot take anymore in hopes that you are the one to crack first. You have to be consistent and let them know exactly who the boss is.
Remember not all children have the ability to cope with different feelings and situations exactly the same way. It all depends on their level of maturity and development. Having an attitude and acting out is perfect for them because it works. They elicit the response they are wanting, which is gaining your attention, and they keep up the consistency with it because it keeps working time and time again. Try to show your child that their attitude is not going to get the response or action they are wanting from you, and you may end up seeing some change for the better.