explanatory Essay
848 words
848 words

1) Part 1 – Explain the statement “Every behavior a child does has a healthy impulse/good idea behind it.”

In a healthy impulse a child’s behavior that we might not think is not safe, but in children’s eyes it’s something greater. An adult or caregiver might think differently and think it’s not safe, and unhealthy, because it doesn’t fit adult’s needs and expectations (HELP handout). And that could jeopardize what that child was thinking at that time. Every child we see has a good healthy impulse/and good idea behind it, but mostly not all parents can or can’t see what’s going on in that’s child mind, so we sometimes yell and scream at the child but in a child defense their fight or flight response is kicking in because someone is upset or scared for the child’s well being, so that child will want to run or get away from that scary situation, that could cause stress on that child. And might think there intent was out of curiosity, but now that child is afraid of that object (Jean notes), and that could really hurt a child’s self esteem.

Part 2- For example; a toddler is at home with her mom and the toddler is in the living room, mom is on the couch reading her book, looks up and the toddler is pulling all her toys out the toy box, and mom told her not to do so for the 5th time, so (honoring the impulse) mom says “I see you have all the toys out, and you want to play with them, do you want to play with all of them?” “The toddler nods no, so mom says; “Lets put aside the toys that you do want to play with, and help me put away the other toys, the child screams and cries and kicks her feet,” mom says (Empathizing) “I see your upset do you want to put them away yourself?” The child nods yes, so mom says: “Ok I’m goi...

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... denying the feeling the child that was crying. For example if a child is crying because a family member dropping them off, and a caregiver might say “I see your really upset” lets go to the window and wave at your mom for the last time” (Jean notes). And this way the child could have some form of closure when a parent of family member is leaving, if that child is still upset and crying I will let that child let out all of his or her emotional needs and to let them take as much time they need to cry. If they go to there cubby and get a picture of there mom I will let them look at the picture and I will even let the child draw a picture for mommy or daddy or who dropped them off, I will ask if they want help, if the child doesn’t need help I will let him or her have some time to draw or write to there family member, and come back to the group when they are ready.

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how a toddler pulls all her toys out the toy box, and mom tells her not to do so for the 5th time. the toddler nods and goes back to cleaning up the toys.
  • Explains what messages you might be giving a crying child if you use distraction when they are crying. they also describe an example of how they might support crying children using an alternative to distraction.
  • Explains that distraction cuts off the child from what they were feeling, and replaces it with another feeling. when a child is crying and you use distraction, they might think that showing your emotions is bad and denying the feeling that was crying.
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