Defining Guidance Terms
Definition of Guidance
Ongoing direction, counseling, teaching, or modeling of generally accepted social behavior through which a child learns to develop and maintain the self-control, self-reliance, and self-esteem necessary to assume responsibilities, make daily living decisions, and live according to generally accepted social behavior.
Early childhood teachers enjoy working with young children as they learn new things, use their creativity, interact with others, and communicate their stories. Most early childhood teachers do not enjoy the challenges presented by children’s inappropriate behaviors. Unfortunately, misbehavior or mistaken behavior is an unavoidable part of working with children. Remember, all skills need to be practiced before they are mastered. You play an important role in guiding the behavior of young children. Positive child guidance and discipline promote children’s self-esteem, help children develop responsibility, and influence children in making thoughtful choices.
Teaching young children appropriate behavior and self-discipline is a difficult task that requires:
- Thoughtful attention
- Knowledge of the child
- A reflective knowledge of one’s personal struggles with discipline issues
Definitions of Behavior Terms
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