I’d love to show you how the Green Cross Code (Stop! Look! Listen! Think!) can help us solve tricky situations with children.
In one of my toddler groups a boy was pushing a girl with a wooden block. I was about to respond, when something prompted me to slow down further. Instead of doing anything, I stopped, looked, listened and thought!
The boy was building something very tall and precarious with wooden blocks. The girl was coming close, close enough to knock it down in fact.
What had seemed unreasonable on the boy’s part, now appeared entirely logical. Brick in hand he was telling her to stay further away. I doubted that she had understood, however. So, checking with the boy first, I told the girl how he was worried about her knocking down his tower. She willingly took a step back.
Result: No misunderstandings, two happy children, one tower intact.
How often do we misinterpret what children do? If their behaviour seems to have no rhyme or reason, perhaps it’s just because we haven’t understood it yet.
So, I believe puzzling behaviour is a challenge to stop, look, listen and think…. In my experience this process always helps in finding a happy, positive solution.
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