Problem-solving instead of blame
What is problem-solving?
In a nutshell, problem-solving is how children learn. It’s what they do to survive, starting with day one.
In the video, you will notice that emotions connect to every other area. In fact, every area connects to every other area.
The amygdala is considered the seat of emotions and the "fight or flight response.
In the early childhood environment, it seems like every day is a series of problems to be negotiated.
Now for the part I love, being an early childhood teacher and a mom. Research has shown, since the 90'S that birth -3 is the time the brain lays the foundation for all problem-solving.
All problem-solving for the rest of the lifespan starts here, during the first few years. And guess who's in charge of that?
And here's another fun fact, backed by current research.
During the first few years as all that framework for learning is built, the brain doesn't differentiate between cognitive and emotional learning. It just learns everything it can.
Those problems aren’t necessarily divided into realms of emotional social and cognitive learning. All learning is intertwined at the beginning of life.
Some adults feel that if a child has a problem, it’s their responsibility to solve it for them. Or blame someone. But there's another side of the coin coin. We can effectively guide young children into solving problems on their own.