Read a book about characters who do wrong things and discuss their actions.
Ask the child how she knows what the characters did was wrong. Ask, “Did kids who got punished always do something wrong?”
The child describes the behavior as wrong when it is punished. She may also begin to understand that intentionality is part of wrong-doing.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand that talking to the child about why things are right or wrong is important. Otherwise children may lose the deeper meaning and just avoid bad behaviors to avoid punishment.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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