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Four Steps Model
Step 1: Identify the Behavior
Step 2: Understand the Effects
Step 3: Identify the Cause
Step 4: Avoid Mistakes

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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.