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Behaviors At Home

The Know-It-All

Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?

  • Acts as if he or she has all the answers to everything.

  • Refuses to be told anything.

  • Always wants to talk.

  • Has a superior attitude toward parent and other children or siblings.

  • Argumentative.

  • Difficult to talk to; gives his or her answers or opinions before the other person finishes speaking.

  • Likely to be bright, and usually participates.

  • Acts as if he or she is doing parent a favor by listening or being involved in activities.

  • Very critical of others' behavior—regardless of whether they're those of another child or of an adult.

  • May be sarcastic and even get nasty, but reflection will reveal that he or she seldom loses self- control.

  • Thinks he or she is better informed than other people.

  • May be described as a "bigmouth" by peers.

  • A poor listener.

  • Tries to impress peers.

  • Likely either to be a loner or to band together with other know-it-all children.

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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.