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Behaviors At Home

The Know-It-All

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

  • Family and classroom conversations are monopolized.

  • Demands are made on the time of others.

  • Parent, teachers, and other children are irritated.

  • Other children know their responses are likely to be answered or contradicted by the know-it-all.

  • Peers like to see this child put down or put in his or her place. When the know-it-all fails, others are happy.

  • Parent and siblings may be threatened by this child's know-it-all attitude.

  • Individual participation is restricted because other children feel intimidated.

  • Other children like to urge this child on because they get excitement from seeing a teacher, parent, or another child put down by the know-it-all's behavior.

  • Resentments can build among children and parent.

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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.