Putting Bragging into Perspective
“Hey! my father bought me five toy trucks yesterday! and has promised to get me few more next week!” A six year old was boasting, while all his friends stood around, staring at him with envy and wonder.
Many children get into the habit of bragging. Child psychologists believe this has nothing more than the innocent objective of sharing happy and joyous moments with friends. There are few exceptions who boast deliberately to make an impression. A spirit of competition among children also inspires bragging. Those suffering from an inferiority complex may brag too, to cover up their weaknesses and deficiencies.
“One child’s bragging affects others as well.When a child says something out of excitement his or her friends might feel ashamed to admit that they don’t match him or can’t compete, so they start to spin exaggerated stories themselves.
Parents should see to it that their child does not go beyond limits while speaking of himself. He or she should also be trained not to pay attention to his or her friend’s bragging. If bragging occurs between siblings, parents must understand that this behaviour may have been caused because of lack of proper attention to a child.
Praising and extra pampering can lead to bragging. As the parents look winners in their children and praise them sometimes children do get out of hands and believe that no one is smarter than him or her.
Avoid belittling others, while praising your own children.train them to praise others wherever and whenever it is due. This may not be as easy as it sounds, with small children. But gradually, they will learn to appreciate others.