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Periods of Disequilibrium

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But they were so easy to get along with a month ago…

Why do our children seem to swing through periods of stubbornness and out right cantankerousness? Here is a wonderful explanation of where our sweet child went.

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Does it seem to you that there are periods of time when parenting is easy? That you’ve mastered it and you’re cruising along with a well-behaved child whose needs you understand? And are there other periods when it’s all really hard? When you feel incompetent, your child is out of control, and you have no idea what they need and the things that used to work no longer work?

Did you know that’s totally normal?

And that all families experience this?

Children go through very predictable cycles, or developmental spurts. Sometimes they settle into a quiet period of equilibrium where they take time to incorporate all that they have learned and practice learned skills to the point of mastery. Whenever they’re on the verge of a new and exciting development, they go into a period of disequilibrium… there’s some new skill they can see and it’s just…

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Author: Marie Forst

Growing and learning through an interest driven, emergent curriculum in an idyllic landscape. Welcome to the North Hills Campus @ WT where learning transcends the walls.

One thought on “Periods of Disequilibrium

  1. dear Marie, thank you for your posts. I teach preschool in a small private school; and your knowledge is very relevant to the children that I teach and their families!

    thank you again Michele (mmridgeway@gmail.com)

    On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 10:53 AM, Playful Directions wrote:

    > Marie Forst posted: “But they were so easy to get along with a month > ago… Why do our children seem to swing through periods of stubbornness > and out right cantankerousness? Here is a wonderful explanation of where > our sweet child went.”

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