When a child’s needs are not met, consequences can last a lifetime
Teachers see it all too often: a young child melting down and reacting inappropriately — even violently — to everyday occurrences such as being told to put his or her toy away.
Some would see the episode as a result of the child making bad choices, and opt for punishment. Mental health specialists see it differently — as a matter of brain chemistry that requires outside intervention for the entire family.
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