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Creative Solutions for Challenging Behaviors
September 30, 2020
Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution.
-L.R. Knost

“Sooner or later, every child experiences difficultly,” writes Lilli-ann Buffin, in an article that is the foundation of an Out of the Box Training Kit, Hard Joys: Managing Behavior with a Creative Mind and a Playful Spirit. “For some, it is a fleeting moment brought on by hunger or fatigue, or difficulty sharing a prized toy. For other children, the difficult behaviors spread out into longer ‘stages’ consistent with the issues of their development. A much smaller group of children will struggle intensely with deep and powerful internal pain related to extreme life events or health/mental health disorders.

At difficult times, children need our help. With a creative mind, playful spirit, and a few tools, we can reshape these trying behaviors.” The author offers six tools for supporting children when they need help the most. This is the first tool she suggests:

“-Teamwork! Sharing a philosophy and approach to difficult behaviors is essential to success. This includes the ability to work together to generate positive, creative solutions.”

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The Out of the Box Training Kit, Beauty in the Lives of Young Children, helps early childhood professionals understand the importance of beauty in the lives of young children. The role of beauty in human lives as described by Abraham Maslow, Howard Gardner, and Ruth Bendler is addressed. Aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach is presented as an example of an early childhood program that focuses on beauty in the environment. Suggestions for fostering sensitivity to aesthetics provide guidance in helping to provide a more pleasing environment. Practical and easy-to-implement ideas help adults encourage children to recognize and experience beauty in their daily lives.

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