Observe separation with the child with a babysitter or at a preschool.
No elicitation needed.
Arguments are typical as the child strives for control and self-reliance.
Help early childhood educators and parents understand that the child’s argumentativeness presents an opportunity for children to learn about others needs as well as to learn to compromise. Adults can present their needs and listen to the child’s needs. Clarify the difference between a want and a need. (“I need to be at work on time.” “You want to play longer.”) Involve the child in coming up with a solution. Set limits for this process.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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