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Behaviors At Home

The Agitator

Behavior: How exactly is my child behaving?

  • Tries to cause trouble—and appears delighted with it.

  • Gets others to do or say what he or she would not do or say.

  • Brings up old controversies, cries "unfair," stirs up hostilities, and causes as much trouble as he or she can.

  • Tries to appear to be an innocent bystander in any trouble he or she causes.

  • May act upset, stir others to rebelliousness, then walk away from the group when the disturbance is about to take place.

  • Usually gets other children in trouble more often than he or she gets in trouble. More often than not, does not get openly and publicly involved—but operates from the sidelines.

  • Hits, pushes, and trips siblings when out of sight of parents—then says the brother or sister "started it" if problems result.

  • Starts rumors to create turmoil.

  • Plays other people against one another, including parent against parent, teacher against teacher, or child against other child.

  • Often provokes physical confrontations between other people.

  • Consistently immature and irresponsible.

  • Tattletale.

  • Seeks the attention of others.

  • Appears to operate without loyalties, even to those regarded as friends.

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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.