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Behavior: DON’T react to eye rolls and muttering!

Date: November 3rd, 2016
By: Polly Bath

Polly Bath: If I told a kid to go move his seat and the kid rolls his eyes in the process, is that something I’m going to go crazy over? No. As long as they’re moving their seat, as long as they’re doing what I asked them to do, go.

No different than when you get sent you your room. Ever get sent to your room when you were a kid? What did you do along the way?


You would shout “Fine!” and stomp up the stairs.


I was a little bit edgier so I would call my mother something under my breath.


Ever do that? And my mother would always get reeled in, she’d always go, “What did you say?”

I think about this now as a behavior specialist and I go, “She really wanted me to repeat it to her. Why?”


Why would you want a kid to call you that name again? I’m going to my room. Let me go. That’s my piece of the control.”

I’ll give you that piece of the control as long as you’re doing what I’ve asked you to do. Be careful how you respond to some of these zingers that come at you.