This recent article got us thinking, “Why do we adults frequently express a belief that today’s youth are somehow worse than we were as kids? Is that really true?” We came to the conclusion that every generation thinks the next generation is worse than the one before. Don’t believe us? Check out this clip from the 1963 movie musical, Bye Bye Birdie.
Amazing how beliefs tend to stick around despite questionable validity. The same is true when it comes to the conventional wisdom about why kids behave in ways that some adults refer to as “bratty” (which wouldn’t be our choice of words of course!). The long held belief is that kids behave this way on purpose in order to get or avoid things. But all the research shows that kids exhibit challenging behavior because they lack the skill not the will to handle life’s problems and frustrations smoothly. So if you do happen to be concerned about your child’s “bratty” behavior, remember that behind these challenging behaviors are typically some problems to be solved and some skills to be trained. So, why not try some collaborative problem solving?