“Respecting children means understanding their stage of development, not reacting to their age-appropriate behavior as if they are our peers.”
If you believe children are ‘out to get us’, that they are misbehaving just to make our lives miserable you probably need a big break from caring for kids, but also a healthy dose of understanding how children operate. If a child in your care is misbehaving, chances are he is trying to get your attention. There is almost always an underlying reason for inappropriate or out of line behavior. One reason could be your expectations. Are you expecting too much from your toddler? Are you ignoring their pleas for help by punishing instead of supporting? A great article to walk you through the mind of a child.