Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine
Jan. 15, 2019
A 3-year-old girl hands out crayons one at a time to her tablemates as if they were her own property — keeping the box close by her side and deciding which colors others will use.
A 4-year-old boy and his new best friend play with blocks, but he tells another classmate, “You can’t play with us; wait over there.”
Scenes like this are common in preschool, where young children are learning how to be away from parents and how to navigate social situations on their own.
Behavior is how young children communicate emotions they haven’t learned to recognize and express through words. But too often, attempts to correct troubling behavior only address the impact on others — without considering the feelings driving the perpetrator. That child may understand what he or she has done wrong, but not why.
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