Scenario One — By Anne Stonehouse AM and Oslo Davis.
When we don’t take a child’s perspective, we may teach the opposite
of what we intend. For example, what are children learning when sweets are
rewards for eating more nutritious foods or for good behaviour?
Similarly, many adults would list resting and sleeping as one of
their favourite activities, yet many children would count it among their least
favourite. Why? It’s probably partly because they have more energy than we do. But
another possible explanation is that if children are repeatedly sent to bed
when they irritate or annoy adults, they learn that sleeping and resting are
undesirable and therefore to be resisted.