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The Warning Signs of Violence
by Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Author of Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing

MORAL IQ TIP: Look for ways for your child to do kindly deeds, not just in your home but also in your community. For example: taking extra toys to a children's ward in a hospital, working at a soup kitchen, planting flowers at a shelter, or reading to the elderly. The more your child experiences the miracles of kindness when young, the greater the likelihood that she will make kindness a habit for life.

These warning signs of violence were developed by the U.S. Department of Education
If you have ANY concerns about your child, seek help immediately. Please, don't wait.
  • Social withdrawal
  • Excessive feelings of isolation or rejection
  • Being a victim of violence
  • Feelings of being picked on and persecuted
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Low school interest and poor academic performance
  • Impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, bullying
  • Expression of violence in writings and drawings
  • History of discipline problems
  • Past history of violent and aggressive behavior
  • Drug use and alcohol use
  • Affiliation with gangs
  • Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms
  • Intolerance for differences, prejudicial attitudes
  • Serious threats of violence.

Dr. Michele Borba is an educational consultant and author who has conducted parent and teacher seminars to over half a million participants. Her latest book is Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (Jossey Bass Publishers). Information on her publications and seminars can be accessed through her Web site, www.moralintelligence.com.

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