What Are Children's Reaction to Tension?
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What Are Children's Reaction to Tension?

When the children are tense, they usually behave in a socially unacceptable behavior. These reactions may include negativism, anger, and fear, thumb sucking, stealing, and exploring the body.

When the children are tense, they usually behave in a socially unacceptable behavior. These reactions may include negativism, anger, and fear, thumb sucking, stealing, and exploring the body.

1. Negativism. It is not unusual for the children to become negative. Do not hurry to change negative children or else the opposition will become stronger. Give them time to outgrow this stage of development. Just accept their negative behavior, but keep in mind their health and safety. For example, a child wants to eat and he must wash his hands before eating. If he refuses to do this, take his hands and wash them. Let him understand that you expect his cooperation through your voiced and body language.

2. Anger. A child's anger usually starts with something that annoys the child. Age affects how a child will show anger. Often, young children scream, kick, hit, pound, or hit one's head against a wall. Some engage in name calling. If a child gets through outbursts, he will keep using this behavior. For example, if a child cries for a piece of chocolate and receives one, the child will cry again. But if he does not receive the chocolate, he will learn that outburst is not an acceptable behavior.

3. Fear. Children have many kinds of fear. Some are real, others are imaginary. As they grow, imaginary fears will be outgrown and real fears will be kept.

Children are commonly afraid of high places, the dark, putting faces in water, people in uniforms, animals, etc.

Understanding the children's fear is important in guiding our children. For example, a child is afraid of the dark. Help the child by keeping a small light turned on at night time. Allow him also to keep familiar stuffed toy near him. If a child is afraid of a new pet dog, understand his feeling. Help the child by introducing him gradually to the new pet. First, allow the child to touch the dog's face. Then the next day, ask him to feed the dog. If a child refuses, do not rush him. Wait until the child is ready.

Accept children's fears. For them, even the silliest fear is real. For example, when a fire truck passes and a child cries, give your immediate attention. Hold the child's hand or put your arms around the child. After crying, hold the child on your lap and talk to the child about his fear.

4. Thumb sucking. Many parents are concerned about thumb sucking. There is no need to worry. This is a normal stage of growth. Studies show that almost half of all infants suck their fingers or thumb. As they grow, this behavior becomes less frequent. Most children outgrow thumb-sucking by is or seven years of age.

For infants, just give them a pacifier. For young children, keep them busy. You may notice that children only suck their thumbs when they lie down for naps.

If you see a child thumb sucking, do not pull the thumb out of his mouth. Instead, accept and ignore the behavior. Remember that during the first three years, the harder you try to stop the thumb sucking, the stronger it becomes.

5. Stealing. Young children do not understand the difference between mine and yours. They do not yet understand the concept of stealing.

If you see a child take something, do not ask the reason why he stole it nor lecture him about stealing. Instead, ask the child to return it. Remember that young children do not understand ownership. One way of teaching ownership to children is to respect their property rights.

6. Exploring the body. Children begin to explore their bodies early in life. As they begin to gain control of their bodily functions, interest in the genital area grows. Young children may manipulate their genitals by rubbing pillows between their legs or squeezing their thighs tightly. Some children may rub their genitals in an effort to reduce irritation caused by tight clothing.

Body exploration is normal in development. But it is not proper to engage in such behavior in public. Therefore, it is important to guide the children away from public display of this behavior. When you see this occurs, never shame or threaten the child. Just firmly tell the child that this behavior is impolite in public.


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