Are you concerned about your child's conscience? To learn the signs and symptoms of an underdeveloped conscience, our parenting expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, Dr. Michele Borba, is here to help. Let's listen to an excerpt from her book.
Signs and Symptoms
Assuming that your child is developmentally capable of understanding right from wrong, the following are some signs of a weak or underdeveloped conscience:
1. Won't accept blame:
Has trouble admitting mistakes or saying he's sorry when wrong; refuses to make amends or see the need to do so when he causes physical or emotional injury; tries to attribute his error to others.
2. Has trouble deciphering right from wrong:
Has difficulty identifying wrong behavior or understanding why it was wrong; needs admonitions or reminders as to how to act right; doesn't know how to turn a wrong action into a right one.
3. Is dishonest:
Lies and is frequently untrustworthy despite his understanding of honest and his developmental maturity; can't be counted on to keep his word.
4. Fails to see consequences:
Fails to recognize consequences of improper behavior, makes unwise choices without thinking through the outcome.
5. Is frequently in trouble:
Knows how to act right but continues to behave inappropriately.
6. Lacks guilt:
Lacks a feeling of shame or guilt about wrongdoing.
7. Is easily swayed:
Knows the right way to act but is easily pressured by others not to act right. (From page 193)
Dr. Michele gives us a thorough look at right and wrong in her chapter on Character. On page 191 she shares exactly how to get the best answers from kids to help them think right about wrong. On page 195 you'll love the solution a mother shares in turning her child from a low self-opinion to one of self-respect. In fact, her solution is so practical many parents could easily use it.
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