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In the terms of developmentally appropriate practice, guiding behavior is synonymous with teaching for healthy emotional and social development. The term often used for teaching that guides young children’s behavior while empowering healthy emotional and social development is guidance. In their landmark 2009 work for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Carol Copple and Susan Bredekamp establish that good guidance includes both individual and social dimensions.

Individual Dimension

Psycho-neurologists who study brain development increasingly focus on the importance of managing stress as a dynamic in healthy emotional and social development. Due to neurological issues, environmental issues, and often both, some children experience unmanageably high stress levels. Jack Shonkoff and Andrew Garner make the case that this toxic stress hyperstimulates the amygdala, the center of ...

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