What's Mine Is Not Yours

Miller, Susan A.
April 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Apr/May2004, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p80
Conflicts over possessions are the most common form of dispute for preschoolers. Usually these struggles end in less than a minute, when 3- and 4-year-olds resolve them by giving in or giving up. One may see a child and her friends become physical and hit each other when there's a competition for toys, space, or attention. If conflicts escalate, one needs to step in so no one is injured. At this age, however, children are just as likely to try out a variety of other tactics to get what they want. They may attempt to take the item, give a verbal command, threaten, or negotiate.The child possessing the item may ignore the request, give up the object, verbally refuse to comply, physically resist, or make counterproposals.


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