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BRATTY KIDS, Uncaring Parents?

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 11:00 am in Parenting Issues, Schools.

Classroom bully (Kirk Lyttle illustration/MCT) A few weeks ago, “Kid Tips” columnist Tom McMahon weighed in on disruptive kids and classroom discipline, then asked teachers to share their thoughts. And judging by this morning’s column — whoa — they did not mince words. Ninety percent blamed uninvolved parents. One said, “Nine times out of 10, children who misbehave come from homes where families are uninvolved and show a lack of caring in their children’s education and future, or have a lack of rules and structure at home.” Another said, “Bullying doesn’t just happen on the playground.” Click “comments” and tell us, what do you think?

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  1. Tonya Says:

    Jackie- Yes, I believe that parents influence their child’s behavior in the classroom, but I don’t think that it’s the only explanation for disruptive behavior. Many kids may follow their parents’ rules at home, but when they are put in a classroom with 25+ kids and one adult, they may not able to handle the types of rules a classroom is structured around. So even though it is the responsibility of the parents to correct this behavior (with the help of the teacher), parents should not always be the ones to blame.

  2. Parent Says:

    IMO, modeling correct behavior is the best method to produce well-behaved children. My kids get to let loose at home, but they understand how to behave outside our home because they see us model correct behavior consistently. We always smile and treat people with respect. If we’re shopping and need to get by someone, we always say excuse me. If a kid forgets, we give verbal reminder, and the child will then perform the respectful gesture.

    You want to know why kids are out of control? Take a look at the parents. See how they treat people in the general public.

    I have four kids, who understand how to follow rules, and I always get compliments on their behavior.

  3. Jack Says:

    It couldn’t be truer. The fact that kids waltz into my classroom thinking they can get away with doing everything under the sun (short of hitting me) is evidence enough. Pushover parents are a dime a dozen, thus reinforcing kids to be bratty.

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