Nurturing Beliefs
Submitted by Annie (LITE88)

The following are developmentally appropriate beliefs from which we can structure the environment for young children.

It's okay to feel what you feel. Feelings are not right or wrong; they just are. There is no one who can tell you what you should feel.

It's good and necessary to talk about feelings.

It's okay to ask for what you want.

Your perceptions are valid.

It's okay and necessary to have lots of fun and play.

It's important to know your limits and to be able to delay gratification.

It's crucial to develop a balanced sense of responsibility. This means accepting the consequences for what you do and refusing to accept the consequences for what someone else does.

It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes help us learn.

Other people's feelings, needs, and wants are to be respected and valued.

It's okay to have problems. They need to be solved.

It's okay to have conflict, both within yourself and with others. It needs to be resolved.

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