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Unformatted text preview: YOU CAN'T HELP ME UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT I CAN'T DO To the young child, all the world seems to focus on "ME. He/she does not doubt that even the wild forces of nature are somehow centered on him or her. To enhance a child's total growth, we must begin to look "inside" to see things as he/she sees them and know what they are ready for and WHAT THEY CANT DO. I CAN'T SHARE - Possession is one device the young child uses to hammer out autonomy. Just as babbling comes before talking, so owning comes before sharing. To fully share, a person must first fully possess. I CAN'T EMPATHIZE WITH ANOTHER'S FEELINGS - Because most young children are at, what Piaget calls Egocentric stage, they are unable to put themselves in the place of the actor, to empathize with another's feelings. Saying "sorry," and meaning it, is truly impossible. I CAN'T COLLECT INFORMATION - Most children only remember what is important to them. The statement, "I just told you to walk in this room," in most cases the child does not remember what you just told him/her. "I have told you a hundred times to pick up your dirty clothes and put them in the clothes basket." This statement is another example of an hundred times to pick up your dirty clothes and put them in the clothes basket....
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- Spring '08