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Behaviors At Home

The Smart Aleck

Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?

  • Makes "funny" comments that actually go far beyond humor. And the cutting effect is intentional.

  • Often rude, and usually disrespectful. Different from the smartmouth--the smart aleck's misbehavior includes both words and actions.

  • Has been overindulged by adults.

  • Tries to act superior to others.

  • Attempts to cover an inferiority complex with this type of behavior.

  • Denies, and hides from facing, the feeling of inferiority. Is fooling himself or herself—and possibly others.

  • Whenever this child is wrong, he or she starts talking about being mistreated.

  • Thrives on getting a reaction from others.

  • Seldom says nice things about others.

  • "Zaps" others as soon as they let their guard down.

  • Has few positive relationships with adults.

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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.