Analysis of Difficult Behavior in Children in Works Ronald Mah, Sami Timimi, Maria Tatar – Article Example

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The paper "Analysis of Difficult Behavior in Children in Works Ronald Mah, Sami Timimi, Maria Tatar" is a good example of an article on psychology.   Summary task 1: Ronald Mah; difficult behavior in early childhood. The diverse behaviors present among the children in a classroom are hard to go unnoticed by the class teacher. As such teachers are more comfortable working with some children as compared with others. It is therefore no surprise when a teacher’ s mood lightens up because the child who always causes trouble fails to attend a class for a day.

After all, teachers are human, and just like everyone else wants to enjoy their work. Questions have been asked about how these diverse children grow to have successful or failed lives, socially and academically as they progress through the various communities that life has set before them. The diverse behaviors present in a class are just a representation of the particular influences that the home, school, neighborhood, or media have on them. The various communities that a child goes through as they grow old include the home, pre-school, middle school, high school, college, membership in teams, performing groups, various partnerships, and the workplace.

Parameters for measurement of success should be based away from material possession such as trophies, money, or academic accolades. The home sets the base on which a child develops various behaviors and values as well as discipline. Teachers face the task of dealing with the various diverse mindsets present in a class as well as impact knowledge on these children. This would be an easy task was it for not for the lack of concentration and inattentiveness of these children. Families may fall short impacting the expected levels of discipline that the community expects them to impact onto their children or they may do a more than decent job at it.

Children from families who have done a decent job have it easy when adapting to newer communities as they grow old. Teachers enjoy having children from such families in their class. Children from effectively functional and healthy families are surprised by communities that lack functionality but they are still able to hold themselves together. Children from families that lack functionality will still be successful though there is a continued psychological and emotional deformation impacted o them by their dysfunctional families. Families that force themselves to respect the individuality and personality of their child so much so that they adapt to conform to the child’ s needs end up doing much more harm than good as such a child is unable to conform to other communities outside of the family.

Teachers are almost certainly not able to help such children who expect other children to accommodate their personality and such children respond through anger and withdrawal.

It is such children who the teachers dread to have in their class. A fine line must be drawn between respecting a child’ s individuality and letting such individualities interfere with how such other children express their own. Too much respect for a child’ s individuality will be at the detriment of their own social life, as they will face rejection from their future communities.


Mah, R 2006, Difficult behavior in early childhood: positive discipline for PreK-3 classrooms and beyond. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press.

Tatar, M 1993, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! Fairy tales and the culture of childhood. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Timimi, S 2005, Naughty boys: Anti-social behavior, ADHD, and the role of culture. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

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