Dr Richard C. Woolfson
You have always encouraged your child to be assertive and to behave like a leader. But now you have discovered that your child is so bossy, no one wants to play with her at parties.
You want to redress the balance, without denting her confidence or making her afraid to express her opinion when she is with her friends. But first, it’s important to understand the difference between the two attitudes.
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An assertive child:
• stands up for herself when confronted. She knows her own mind and is willing to express it clearly and objectively.
• states her opinion confidently and without offending the listener. Her view is based on positive reasons, not on criticisms of her friends’ views.