It's About Them

Young People … Our Greatest Resource

Part 1 of 3: Why Some Behavior is Inappropriate

Dr. Marvin Marshall (, my friend in California and founder of the acclaimed “Discipline Without Stress” program, suggests young people sometimes misbehave for two clear and addressable reasons:

1. They are unhappy.

2. Their behavior is their attempt to “fix” the problem.

We best not lose the message of these two statements in their simplicity. They come very, very close to saying all we need to know about behavior in children and adolescents. Unfortunately, it is often the case that we consider neither of these reasons in working with the disruptive and defiant child; we simply want the behavior to stop.

Parts two and three will address each of these reasons separately.

James Sutton, Educator and Psychologist   


July 10, 2006 - Posted by | Difficult Child, Educators, Parents


  1. my clock board says midnight. what does yours say?


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  2. Very amazing site! I wish I could do something as nice as you did…mary


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