Great Guy and Rude Dude: Finding the Balance between Your Child's Positive and Negative Emotions
Age four can be a challenging time, emotionally. Children are often torn between being cooperative and wanting to participate, and wanting more independence and acting rude or demanding. They may also be uncertain in different situations but hide it with bossiness or other misbehavior. As the year goes on, however, Your child can learn to be in better control of his emotions and better able to process his feelings, with your guidance. He will take what you've taught him about conflict resolution and, with occasional prompting, start being able to solve some of his negative interactions on his own. He also has the desire to be with friends and will start to understand that prosocial behaviors - cooperating, sharing, taking turns - are all part of getting along.
Has your child achieved the following Cooperation developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.