Kindergarteners Getting Suspended?

November 16, 2011 at 2:51 am 1 comment

What’s amazing to me is the different age groups of children who are getting into trouble, to the extent that it becomes newsworthy. The morning talk show, The Talk featured a story about kindergarteners getting suspended in alarming numbers. When I think of kindergarteners, I think of 5 or 6 year olds who are pretty tame and wonderful to work with, assuming you have established groundrules.

Without groundrules and consequences, there is chaos for children of any age. Children, youth, and teens rely on the adults in their lives to establish boundaries to allow them to grow and mature properly. As I say in my new book, The Pampered Prince, if your only consequence to Johnny when he does something wrong is to say “No Johnny”, then you and Johnny have a problem.

What are your thoughts?

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  • 1. Megan Broutian (@BehavioralChild)  |  November 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Concur! I would add that children (of the age range that you mention) thrive on praise, attention, and approval. As a parent or a teacher, it is SO easy to motivate them to stick to some ground rules.

    IMHO, teachers who have to resort to punitive methods — or drastic measures like suspending children from school– really have no clue how to work with children.

    Great post, look forward to reading more!


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