Why do infants bite?

Inci­dents of bit­ing in ear­ly child care can be alarm­ing for every­one involved: the child who bit, the child who was bit­ten, the care­giv­er, and the fam­i­lies of the chil­dren. Bit­ing can hap­pen with­out warn­ing, even when a care­giv­er is near­by. As unpleas­ant as it is, bit­ing is a nor­mal phase that some chil­dren goCon­tin­ue read­ing “Why do infants bite?”

How can I help children treat each other fairly?

Chil­dren are always learn­ing and observ­ing from the world around them. This includes every­thing from the way you react to their mis­takes to stereo­types in our soci­ety. It is your role as a child­care provider to notice children’s stereo­typ­i­cal atti­tudes, the stereo­typ­i­cal com­ments they make, and their actions that stem from these atti­tudes. By help­ingCon­tin­ue read­ing “How can I help chil­dren treat each oth­er fairly?”

How can I support young children’s social–emotional development?

Many child­care providers won­der “how can I sup­port young children’s social–emotional devel­op­ment?” Child­care providers want to sup­port young chil­dren’s con­fi­dence, help them man­age and express their emo­tions, relate to oth­ers, and react appro­pri­ate­ly in social sit­u­a­tions. These rela­tion­ships and emo­tions fall with­in the domain of social–emotional devel­op­ment. You have a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to pos­i­tive­ly impactCon­tin­ue read­ing “How can I sup­port young children’s social–emotional development?”

Is time-out an appropriate discipline technique?

Many adults see time-out as a valu­able non-vio­­lent method of dis­ci­plin­ing mis­be­hav­ing chil­dren. Although this is a com­mon view, it is a mis­guid­ed one. Time-out can fos­ter hos­til­i­ty, resent­ment, and even defi­ance in a child. Children’s behav­ior that adults con­sid­er “bad” is real­ly evi­dence of some prob­lem the child is expe­ri­enc­ing. Instead of ban­ish­ing the childCon­tin­ue read­ing “Is time-out an appro­pri­ate dis­ci­pline technique?”

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