• goofy kidAt one point in time, we've all probably encountered “that annoying kid” - your child's classmate, a neighbor, a godchild and even a complete stranger. When faced with a child whose behavior is annoying, it is easy to just ignore or stay away from the child. It is, however, a different story when the annoying child is yours.

    While it may be easy to deal with “annoying adults” - say, by telling them off or even completely ignoring them - dealing with “annoying kids” can be quite challenging. What's worse is if we, as parents, are not even aware of our children's behavior.

    The key is in knowing the difference between what is annoying and what is normal behavior for a child who is innately curious and inquisitive or just plain tired and cranky. Marie Javier, a preschool teacher gives us some tell-tale signs of a child whose behavior can get quite annoying:

    •    If the child knowingly does an act that is not appropriate or nice - inspite of knowing what is right and wrong.

    •    If the child ignores authority - does not follow or do a task that is asked.

    •    If a child has no sense of fear or anxiety, especially when reprimanded.

    •    If a child continues to do something even after being asked to stop.

    A child is not born annoying. According to Javier, a child tends to grow up with an unpleasant or improper attitude if he or she is being spoiled too much. She explains that children who are given everything and get their way all the time have difficulty adjusting to the times when they cannot get what they want. Javier also adds, a child who isn't given enough attention at home likewise tends to grow up annoying, as he may act up to be noticed by others.

     

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