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Behavior List

The Class Clown

Related Behaviors
The Con Artist
The Show-Off
Behaviors At Home

The Class Clown

Mistakes: What common discipline mistakes of parents may make the problem behavior worse?

  • Overreacting to the class clown.

  • Calling the family's attention to the problem.

  • Trying to ignore the problem.

  • Issuing threats that can't really be carried out.

  • Trying to isolate the child physically in order to stop the problem.

  • Feeling that the child is operating the way he or she is in order to "bug" the parent.

  • Failing to see any benefits in the humor of the class clown.

  • Having two standards of expectations and allowances—one for the class clown and one for other siblings.

  • Failing to realize and acknowledge that his or her humor is not a negative human characteristic. It is a positive one—and can be a constructive factor in the success of an individual.

  • Feeling that the child invariably enjoys being a clown and is making no real effort to change this behavior.

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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.