Characteristics of an Arrogant Child

Children develop their own personalities very early in life, and parents often accept certain behaviors and actions that a child portrays. However, when a child excels in a certain area and their level of performance is above average, parents are usually very proud, and will often brag to others about them. However, when a parent goes overboard with their boasting, a child may begin to feel that he is better than anyone else is. This attitude is a characteristic of an arrogant child.

Every parent wants their child to exceed, and when they do, it makes a parent want to tell the world how great their child is. However, if a child starts to feel like he should be treated differently than his peers just because he surpasses their abilities in particular areas, this is a sign of an arrogant child.

Children who take this kind of attitude may feel as though they do not have to associate with another who is not on the same level. This includes adults as well as other children who are the same age, even teachers. Some children portray signs of arrogance by ignoring or not acknowledging others who may speak or ask him or her a question.

Another way a child may show characteristics of being an arrogant child is when they put others down, or choose not to associate with friends whom they think are not as good as him or her, subsequently snubbing friends because they think they are better than them.

An arrogant child may be a know-it-all, and have an answer for everything. The manner in which he or she will respond to a question that is easy for him will be to make others feel “stupid” or “dumb”. This characteristic of an arrogant child is annoying, and usually others will avoid conversations with them, because they scrutinize everything that is said.

Children who feel as though they are smarter, better at something or know everything often stop dreaming or trying to achieve higher goals. This is because they think they have reached their potential. When parents condone this behavior and continually praise them, failing to see their errors or punish their bad behavior, it encourages a child to continue to become more and more arrogant until they actually become miserable and depressed. They may find that others do not appreciate or see their accomplishments the way their parents do, and may not understand why.

Loving and supporting a child when they are superior in certain areas and being proud of them is perfectly normal. However, putting a child on a pedestal and treating them differently than other children in the family, or their peers, can be harmful to a child. They may grow up very lonely and may one day decide they do not want to be “smart” anymore, or be the best at sports, because being this way means not having any friends.

These characteristics of an arrogant child should be addressed. While rewarding a child for doing well and bragging to others about them, it is also important not to idolize them. Children need to feel good about themselves, but not to the point of letting it change who they are as a person, or to stop striving for higher goals.