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Why Do Children Brag?


Bragging is a harmless evil but it has many repercussions. All children brag at some point of time. Bragging is a disease and if it is not stopped early then it may become a habit. Children who brag lack self confidence.

Nehal was at school and she turned to the girl next to her and said "I got a 93% and you only got 70%."  
The girl next to her cringed and gave Nehal a mean look.  Nehal did not care and told everyone her grade.  

"You always brag, Nehal," said one boy.
"I do not.  It is not my fault I always do better than you," said Nehal mockingly.
 

Why do children brag?

Children might brag for many reasons.  First of all they might lack self-confidence and brag to make themselves feel better.  By projecting faults on others and uplifting their own spirits, they begin to feel that they actually are something important in this world.  Bragging also occurs among children because they might not know their place in school or at home.  By bragging, they will get attention and will feel they belong somewhere.  Children could brag about anything ranging from grades to sports and to wealth.  If children are lonely, they might be under the wrong assumption that by bragging, people will like them better and they will make more friends.
 

What you can do? 

If your child brags, you have to help your child gain his self-confidence.  You must show him that everyone will like him more if he does not brag and he does not need to brag to get attention and feel wanted.  Bragging is a disease and it is a vicious one.  If your child does not brag, you must make sure he does not lose his self-confidence because of other children who do brag.  Show him that he does not need to brag about his achievements in order to be appreciated.  Also by praising your child at home, your child will feel less of a need to brag and will not be affected by children who do brag because he knows that you think he is a great person.  Children are very vulnerable and they need love and encouragement.  When your child brags, he is sometimes indirectly asking people to notice him and feel proud of him.  Show your child what he means to you and how proud you really are.  

Bragging is something that children engage in.  It should be stopped as soon as possible because as children get older, they might brag more and it will be harder to stop.  Bragging is a very unsocial manner and can hurt your child in many ways.

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Pero Live.4 years ago
They want people to know all about their lives and they're really saying HA I have this and you don't!Usually the ones that brag are the ones not telling the truth.
 
 
 
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Victoria Mendes.4 years ago
it makes them feel better about themselves, and they're hoping that in turn, you'll like them more.
 
 
 
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Kim Khloe.4 years ago
Kids and people in general brag based on internal securities so they need validation for the things they have and do. Also bragging is a way to get a little bit of attention that many people search for and feel like they need from other people. There's nothing wrong with tooting your horn every now and then but bragging is not a good trait.
 
 
 
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Nehal was at school and she turned to the girl next to her and said " I got a 93 and you only got 70." The girl next to her cringed and gave Nehal a mean look. Nehal did not care and told everyone her grade. You always brag, Nehal,said one boy. I do not. It is not my fault I always do better than you,said Nehal mockingly. Why do children brag? Children might brag for many reasons. First of all they might lack self-confidence and brag to make themselves feel better. By projecting faults on others and uplifting their own spirits, they begin to feel that they actually are something important in this world. Bragging also occurs among children because they might not know their place in school or at home. By bragging, they will get attention and will feel they belong somewhere. Children could brag about anything ranging from grades to sports and to wealth. If children are lonely, they might be under the wrong assumption that by bragging, people will like them better and they will make more friends. Discuss this topic!
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