Throughout each day, I use several different terms to talk about small beings. I say children or child, kids or tots, peanut or munchkin. I use a small beings name or family nickname or make up a fancy name on the spot like Mr. Champion of Uno. Yet, in my blog, I always use the term small being. Here is why: The term small being (or medium being or big being) contains in it a reminder that this is a human being, being talked about. This is important to remember. When examining challenging behaviors, keep in mind that kids are human beings. They have all the same complexity and beauty and possibilities as any human being. Small beings are still developing and growing and learning. Medium beings are also in a unique stage of development to be considered when examining their behavior. Regardless of the stage of development there are behavioral expectations we can set for all human beings, because behavior is universal. The rules of behavior are the same for beings of all ages, shapes and sizes.
I have universal expectations for behaviors of all beings in my life. I hold small beings to a simplified version and medium beings to a collaborative version and big beings to an independent version.
My expectation for all beings is that they mean what they say and say what they mean, their actions speak louder than their words and that they use honey to catch bees (much better than vinegar). When they do not meet these expectations, I teach and talk about my expectations and behavior.
What universal behavioral expectations do you have for all beings? I always love hearing your feedback so please leave your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below this post on my website or email me directly at DrMarcie@BehaviorAndBeyond.net with your behavior insights!