By: Jenna Kasandra & Nashali
The expression of anger changes more during early childhood then the expression of any other emotion.
- Four Years: An angry episode lasts longer in four years than in a younger child.
- Five Years: Are more likely to try to hurt other children's feelings than to hurt them physically.
- Six Years: They are even more hurtful with words. They tease, insult, nag and make fun of others.
Imagination is a major emotional force in children from 4-6 and many of their fears sensor on imaginary dangers. Many children at this age are afraid of the dark, ghosts, or monsters. Some may be worried about being left alone or abandoned. Fear of thunder and lightning is also common at this age. They may even fear that they may not perform as well as other children.
- Accept the fear: Just listening and saying you understand can greatly help a fearful child.
- Let the child express the fear without ridicule: Children this age fear being made fun of.
- Help the child feel able to face the fear: Use talking and acting out to help the child learn to face the fearful situation.
Sibling rivalry is jealousy of brother and sisters and is often common during this period. Children at this age sometimes express their feelings of jealousy by tattling, criticizing, or lying. Some may feel jealous and react by boasting. Parents and caregivers can help children over come jealous feelings by encouraging cooperation and empathy. It is best to avoid taking sides and to give children a chance to practice working out their own problems. sibling rivalry will eventually fade as children mature and find interest outside the home.
Children like people of all ages experience tension. Tension is another word for emotional stress. Children may worry about everything from a fire in their home to a stranger taking them to a bully in the neighborhood. Their active imagination contributes to the stress that they experience.
- Look for the cause: Ask children showing signs of stress to draw pictures of themselves.
- Give children time to calm down: If tension turns into a tantrum or uncontrollable crying call for timeout.
- Provide chances to get rid of tension: Give children a physical way of releasing stress.
- Read a book about the issue causing stress: Their are children's books that deal with stressful issues from moving to a new home to facing someone's death.
- Maintain normal limits on behavior: Some parents ease up on rules because they want to make life easier for a child.
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