A tender flaw deserves compassion: There are many reasons children may not communicate feelings well, and all deserve compassion not punishment. For example, research shows that children who are well cared for and attached to their caregivers display a more complex emotional vocabulary allowing them to describe physiological and psychological states like hunger, thirst, anger, confusion. They make relevant decisions based on those feelings. This is a learned skill. Children who have not learned this skill or are maltreated do not display this vocabulary. Their parents may not have these skills or this vocabulary to pass on. The child may simply mimic the disorganized emotional response of the parent who does not know how to regulate emotions. We commonly refer to this as "acting out." This is acting outwardly those feelings that have no words.
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