Category: Dan Hodgins

Get Over It! | Quote 00570

A trusting environment for children needs to be one that allows risk-taking, provides open, honest and caring relationships and includes a place for them to belong.

Boys | Quote 00549

Early childhood professionals who want to prevent conflicts often choose to simply forbid certain activities. Instead, I encourage you to ask, “How can I make sure a positive experience happens?” rather than “Should I permit this experience at all?”

Boys | Quote 00523

When we fail to provide boys in early childhood settings with safe opportunities to develop personal power, they may respond by creating conflicts and chaos: hitting other children, destroying materials, and, in general, making “all hell break loose.”

Get Over It! | Quote 01107

To support roughhousing it is important that adults provide a safe environment. It cannot be the child’s responsibility to make sure his/her play experience is a safe one.

Get Over It! | Quote 00503

“Use your inside voice”—what the heck is an inside voice? Children come to us from many homes where the “inside voice” is screaming as loud as you can to get heard.

Get Over It! | Quote 01633

If you have children that take you to the end of your rope, they often are looking for power. Sometimes they attain power by breaking rules you cannot enforce….As soon as children realize they can attain power by breaking your rules, the race is on to see how often that can happen.

Boys | Quote 01027

While reviewing the literature on rough and tumble play over the last fifteen years, I have discovered no research indicating that roughhousing causes violence….When we create trusting environments for roughhousing, self-expression is encouraged and the need for unhealthy competition is removed.

Get Over It! | Quote 00297

What is super hero play? It is a form of creative or pretend play in which children imitate action heroes that they admire. In a child’s social and moral development, playing ‘good guys’ versus ‘bad guys’ is very normal and important for their growth.

Get Over It! | Quote 00866

If you have children that take you to the end of your rope, they often are looking for power. Sometimes they attain power by breaking rules you cannot enforce….As soon as children realize they can attain power by breaking your rules, the race is on to see how often that can happen.

Boys | Quote 01459

…we can all benefit by remembering not to confuse equality with sameness. This is a misunderstanding that does neither boys nor girls any good. Parents and educators can be so concerned with avoiding gender bias that they ignore visible differences between boys and girls. We can all appreciate these differences while treating all children with respect. We do need to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, but we must not expect the same behaviors.

Get Over It! | Quote 01311

What is super hero play? It is a form of creative or pretend play in which children imitate action heroes that they admire. In a child’s social and moral development, playing ‘good guys’ versus ‘bad guys’ is very normal and important for their growth.

Boys | Quote 01833

While reviewing the literature on rough and tumble play over the last fifteen years, I have discovered no research indicating that roughhousing causes violence….When we create trusting environments for roughhousing, self-expression is encouraged and the need for unhealthy competition is removed.

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