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Help kids express themselves

Rais, Haniza (2020) Help kids express themselves. New Straits Times, 2nd July 2020.

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One of the biggest misconceptions we have as adults is that we think children have no feelings. Just because they can’t say it in words, does not mean they do not experience feelings. Kids are miniature adults who do encounter both positive and negative feelings in their daily lives. Children in general, experience happiness and sadness, fear and anger, worry and anxiety, and other. However, they usually lack the ability to describe these feelings, and so, they are not able to properly express themselves verbally. Some of these negative feelings are then translated in their misbehaviors like throwing tantrums. Some chose to withdraw or isolate themselves from others. Younger children have nightmares and sleepless nights. Certain unpleasant experiences can be assumed from the children’s physiological symptoms like frequent night urinating, vomiting or diarrhea that are not due to medical reasons. Their anxiety and worries are expressed in different ways. Coming to school after Covid-19 can be a challenge to some kids. COVID-19 has been viewed as a ‘huge mean ugly monster’ by the youngs, that has ruined normal life for all. Everyone has been affected. Parents and siblings are taking all precautions very seriously and the children are expected to follow. Observing adults, children may have developed scary thoughts during the MCO. To be in school, leaving home for the first time after a few months of ‘quarantine’ can be a totally new experience. The new normal will be another totally new phase to the pre-schoolers, different from the experience they had earlier this year

Item Type: Article (Electronic Media)
Additional Information: 1798/88751
Uncontrolled Keywords: help kids, express
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC65 Social aspects of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
Depositing User: AP Dr Haniza Rais
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 09:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 09:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/88751

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