Behavior Issues With Children In Daycare

by | Mar 26, 2019

Children often have a good reason for behaving the way they do.  Children’s brains are geared toward children’s issues.  Adult brains are geared toward adult issues.  Sometimes, adults just don’t understand children and children have a hard time understanding adults.

Behavior issues with 7-year-old children are different than teenage behavior issues.  And these are different and distinct from preschool for behavior issues.

During childhood, the brain relies very significantly on the ability to move in a reasonably functional and age appropriate manner.  Coordinating movement, any movement, sets up the brain for learning.  Behavior issues can result when a child’s drive to master their environment through their own actions competes with the child’s actual ability to coordinate themselves to successfully navigate a tabletop game, such as Chutes and Ladders, a recess game such as tether ball, and a young child’s ability to coordinate safe movements in the home despite risks of drawers closing on fingers, stairs causing climbing problems, and hard surfaces to collide into.

Young children in daycare are using their brains actively to gather information about the world around them.  Behavior issues in daycare and behavior issues in preschool often look like rudeness toward other peers.  Preschool children can knock over a tower of blocks that another child just created.  Did this happen because of rudeness or did this happen because of poor coordination.  Preschool behavior issues frequently relate to lack of coordination.

It is helpful to teach children the consequence of their action, the proper way to apologize to another, and to not let either child or the adult become frustrated.  As children gain mastery and skill, these mishaps occur less frequently.



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