How to deal with a challenging 10 yr old?

Cindy - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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A problem 10 yr old. Nice one minute, horrific the next. Proper jekyll and hyde. Need some strategies to cope with attention seeking behaviour and lying.

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Kristie - posted on 02/02/2010

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Remember...attention seeking behavior can feed on itself. If a child is feeling like they are not getting enough attention, whether it is true or not from your perspective, then they are going to try to get it however they can. If they get more attention by acting out than they do by doing good things, then they'll take it however they can get it. Be sure to give your child lots of attention for the good things. It is so easy to forget when we get wrapped up in our busy lives, to talk to our kids. Talk with them like they are people that you care about, don't talk at them. Kids, like adults, need to feel valued, like their opinions matter. Without you being more specific as to situations where these things occur, i can't really give any better advise than that. Pay attention to when it is occurring. Is there a pattern of some sort?

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