Preschool children often confound us with their behavior. They’re playing and laughing one minute, and crying “for no reason” the next. We ask them not to poke their baby brother’s eyes, and they look right at us, with angelic faces, and do it anyway. What is going on? It can be a baffling, maddening process to try to answer that question! I’m going to be adding a series of posts, linked from here as well, in an effort to give you a few more tools for observing, understanding, and approaching child behaviors using the positive guidance philosophy and techniques. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
What’s Going On? Considering the Sources of Behavior
Preventative Actions and Positive Reactions
Positive Guidance: A Well-Stocked Toolbox
Problem-Solving Your Playtime
Now, anytime I talk about child behavior, I have to give the disclaimer that I am not a perfect parent or a perfect teacher. I don’t have a Mary Poppins-like ability to magically turn children into instantly compliant angels. I hope you don’t find what I have to share less valid because my children do, in fact, seem to “cry for no reason” from time to time or occasionally “poke their baby brother’s eyes”. But I have learned a lot about child behavior, how we can understand it and how we can approach it, that helps me in my home and in the classroom and I’d like to share that with you! Please stay tuned for more posts!
Top photo by bluebetty.
I’m looking forward to this series! From your newest fan, Farol N.’s niece 🙂
I’m flattered to have you, as I am a big fan of Farol!
All of these airtlecs have saved me a lot of headaches.