When we pay attention to our children, we learn a lot.
When a child exhibits aggressive or rebellious behavior, it is an act of self-assertion. When a child destroys an object, it may just be an act of exploration or play. Crying and shouting are a child’s arsenal used to get what is needed from parents.
When a small girl winds her hair around her finger, or puts her hair in her mouth, or stutters when she speaks, they are signs that she is under stress and unable to express in words what she is causing her distress. She may be scared for herself or for someone she loves.
The reason for the child’s distress needs to be uncovered in a calm manner. The child should be reassured of the parents’ love and support. Everything should be done to keep the child’s anxieties form becoming deep-seated, which will have negative implications for education and future social development.
Whether they are passive, obedient, nervous, or rebellious, all children have a tremendous capacity to learn, which is greater than at any other time in their lives. These are the formative years, and it is critical to instil good habits in our children. Read More...