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Challenging Behaviors

As children mature and try to gain self-control, they may sometimes lose control. At such times, children may be redirected to another activity. Talking about what has happened eases the tension. A child may occasionally need to sit quietly in order to calm down and regain self-control.

Children should never be spanked, humiliated, or embarrassed by teachers. If the behavior is persistent, teachers will examine the environment and the events which surround the behavior. Through observation and discussion, teachers will decide the most appropriate way of dealing with the situation. Parents will also be asked to share their ways of disciplining their children.


When a child is bitten, it is a traumatic situation for both children and both sets of parents. Yet, biting is not unusual behavior for pre-verbal children. They may become frustrated that they cannot say “Move!,” “I was playing with that!,” or “You are too close!”

When a child is bitten, the area is cleaned and ice may be applied. They are held and consoled until they are ready to rejoin the group. The biter is told that biting is not allowed and that it hurts. Perhaps the best way to stop biting is to encourage language development and using words.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Challenging Behaviors, Biting