Conduct Problems And Respect
Kids who have conduct problems should not be confused with kids who have Oppositional
Defiant Disorder. Kids with this disorder are lacking an important piece of their personality: a
conscience. These kids say and do things and can justify and defend their position to a point
where it almost makes sense to others. Pretty disturbing. This kid can, at times, make you believe
that when they bullied someone, the victim deserved the treatment. They lack empathy and have
little or no remorse for their actions. They are truly anti-social and everyday are moving closer to
becoming the adult sociopaths that makes the news for committing cruel and bizarre acts in
society. He/she needs to be helped right now. His actions need to be watched and documented.
He/she needs a combination of consequence and compassion, with the goal of helping him/her
develop a greater regard for the rights and privileges of others (respect). Make no mistake about
it; this kid has the potential to be dangerous. Accept no excuses, keep a balanced approach
(consequence and compassion), don't feel sorry for him, and help him/her change what may
already be made up in his/her mind.
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