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Granting Children Their Emotions
June 25, 2018
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
-Khalil Gibran
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"At the airport: A little girl, about two and a half years old, stands in front of the chairs where the adults sat, heartbreakingly crying, tears rolling down her face. The mother looks away, so does the grandmother. Both look in the opposite direction of the child, as if neither hear the child nor belong with the child.

In the supermarket: A boy, about four years old, walks backwards along the side of the trolley that is pushed by the father and the mother. The boy cries furiously, his face is blushed, his nose is running; he attempts to face the parents, but he cannot get their attention.

Luca, eighteen months old, is playing with some toys in the living room. All of a sudden he starts shouting for joy. The parents, watching TV, shout, both at the same time 'Lucaa!' (meaning 'Be quiet!')."

These examples are used at the beginning of an Exchange magazine article by Ilse Elisabeth Plattner "Granting Children Their Emotions," that also serves as a basis for an "Out of the Box" Training Kit of the same name. The author challenges us to spend time reflecting on how often we may give children the message that their feelings are not welcome or accepted.





“Out of the Box” Training Kits

Ilse Elisabeth Plattner’s article provides the basis for an Out of the Box Training Kit, "Granting Children Their Emotions."

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Arlene DeCicco · June 25, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States


I don't quite understand what is written, as to whether it is wrong to ignore a child who is lashing out, or should we be responsive to his actions? Should we also consider explaining to a child about the environment or surroundings we are taking him to, and what our expectations of him are?



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