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Babies are born with immature brains; they do not have the neurological or cognitive ability to reason and think as an adult mature brain can. 

Did you know that 90% of brain maturation happens by around 6 years old? This is why managing their emotions in early childhood is so hard! 

Young children are dependent on their parents, family members, teachers and caregivers to develop the necessary skills to become independent and live a healthy, successful life 

While they are learning, for no apparent reason, they will tantrum which is a form of communication. They may roll around kicking and screaming so loud – without any care of concern for the neighbors or shoppers and you know what? It is ok! 

During early childhood, they are learning so much. When we understand that it is part of expressing their needs and desires, we can then:

  • Teach them how to manage their emotions.
  • Be there, offer comfort when they cry.
  • Allow them the opportunity to experience making better choices using positive discipline strategies that teach, punishments do not.
  • When young children are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our responsibility to model calm and not join in the chaos.
  • Remember they are growing and learning. Behind every behavior is a need that is expressed.

Article contributed by OpenSpace Clinic

 – Tamara Malinoff Ps.Ed. 

Tamara is a licensed psychoeducator, specializing in child development, behavior, and adjustment difficulties. She holds a graduate diploma in Youth Work from Concordia University, a graduate certificate in Psychoeducation from Université de Montréal; and is a member in good standing with the Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec (OPPQ). Tamara works in both the public and private sectors and has experience working with children of all ages, parents, and families.

Through a solution focused approach, Tamara offers psychological support and guidance with positive strategies in the areas of: child development, emotional regulation and attachment, bedtime struggles, behavioral challenges, nutrition and picky eaters, positive parenting, relational difficulties, separation or divorce; and coping strategies for life’s challenging moments.

With care and compassion, Tamara strives to connect with her clients to foster a positive, trusting relationship; believing in each individual’s capacity to achieve their goals.

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