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

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Secondary Needs Being Revealed


Children can express the need for power either positively or negatively. And for some children, power is an extremely strong need. Parents should recognize that children need to know that they count. Parents need to make children feel significant. Remember, children who feel that others believe they are insignificant, or that no one cares whether or not they are around, may soon become behavior problems.

You as the parent must grant power, whenever possible, to your child. The child who cannot find a power base in the home or school may attempt to find it outside school in gangs or other negative ways. Likewise, when you give a child a job to do, make sure he or she has the authority and responsibility that go with the task. A sense of ownership is power. And children feel a sense of ownership when they are involved in shared decision making at home or at school.

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