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Behaviors At Home

The Agitator

Effects: How does my child’s behavior affect other people at home and in school?

  • Others are influenced to do or say what the agitator would not do or say himself or herself.

  • Learning experience in the classroom is seriously disrupted by the agitator's activities because students and teachers alike are distracted from the work or discussion at hand.

  • Atmosphere with siblings at home becomes negative.

  • At times, others are led to admire the agitator's sly and manipulative behavior. Therefore, he or she is a hero to other children.

  • Parents can easily feel that they are out of control.

  • Parents can easily start to feel threatened and as if they were losing control of the child.

  • Other children or siblings can begin to feel as if they might be able to get away with similar behavior.

  • Home may be in a continual or almost continual uproar regarding some issue.

  • Parent influence and credibility may be reduced.

  • Parents may lose self-control.

  • Parents may feel inadequate. As a result, they can become tense and transmit this tension to the agitator and other siblings.

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.