Understanding and Addressing Bad Attitudes
Bad attitudes are a common problem in family life. The
pouting, stomping, and resistance often come when a child
doesn’t get what he or she wants or is asked to do something
that seems inconvenient. Sometimes parents ignore bad attitudes,
thinking that the child will grow out of them. Unfortunately,
many children grow into their bad attitudes, and they just
The book Good
and Angry, Exchanging Frustration for Character in You
and Your Kids goes into more detail about attitude
issues. You’ll learn specific strategies for dealing with
the behavior seen with a bad attitude but more importantly,
you’ll learn to get down to deeper issues of the heart.
An attitude is a window into a child’s heart and learning
how to respond to challenges in life with a good attitude
We also have a Training Manual and CD focusing specifically
on this problem, Attitude:
A Window into a Child’s Heart. That workbook and CD can be purchased separately or as
part of the 8-lesson kit entitled, Heart
Work Training Manuals and CDs. The Treasure Hunters Children’s Curriculum,
session #7 helps you teach your children the value of good
attitude. Using Bible stories, crafts, and other activities
it helps children understand their emotions and how to
respond to them.
A completely different approach to addressing bad attitudes
is found in the book Say Goodbye
to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and
Your Kids. This book uses
the concept of honor to give kids a positive vision for
life. Children learn that honor means treating people as
special, doing more than what’s expected, and having a
good attitude. God has hidden within honor the secret ingredients
that will help them be successful in relationships, both
now and in the future. But now is the time to learn it.
Honor adds energy to family life. A bad attitude often
drains energy out of the family dynamics. In this book
children of any age are taught ways that they can add energy
to family life. The CD series, Say
Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in
You and Your Kids contains
recordings of eight live seminars taught by Dr. Scott Turansky
and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, speaking about honor. You might
want to play these in the car with your children present.
The CDs don’t contain secrets that you need to keep from
your kids. They contain a way of relating that you want
everyone in your household to embrace.
The children’s curriculum called The
Kids Honor Club is
for children ages 3-12. It contains Bible stories, crafts,
games, and activities focused on the concept of honor.
The goal with this curriculum is to help you focus on honor
for several weeks, teaching your children what it is and
how to live it out in your home. Bad attitudes are a symptom
of dishonor and become more clearly out of place as you
develop honor in your family.
One of the classes in Biblical Parenting University focus on emotions and a whole hour is centered on bad attitudes. In the whole class you'll learn about parental anger, a plan for children's anger and you'll have access to the four hour class and five hours of webinar content focused on this subject. You'll find many solutions that you'll be able to apply to your family.