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How can I reduce selfishness in my spoiled child?

Michele Borba
Psychology
A major step in reducing selfishness in kids is simply not tolerating it. You’re right: it won’t be easy. After all, especially if your kid is used to having his every whim catered for a long time. But if you really are serious about changing this attitude, you must stand firm and be consistent. Start by clearly laying down your new attitude expectations: “In this house you are always to be considerate of others.” Then loudly state your disapproval each and every time your child acts selfishly. Be sure to state why their behavior was wrong, and if the selfish attitude continues, consider applying consequences.

“That was selfish: I expect you to treat your friends the same way you’d want to be treated.”

“I’m very concerned when I see you monopolizing all the video games and not sharing them with your friend. You may not treat people selfishly.”

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