Lesson 5: Helping The Attention-Seeking Child

It is important that we have some insight into the reasons for children’s misbehavior. All children want to behave. They want the approval of their parents and their peers. Misbehavior takes place only when children do not have their needs met. The basic needs of a child include (1) the need to be loved and to belong, (2) the need for life to be meaningful and fun, and (3) the need to be independent and free.1 Dr. Dreikurs says that misbehavior occurs when children try to fill their unmet needs in inappropriate ways. He says that every bad behavior can be connected to a specific unmet need.

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