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The Four-Year-Old Brain

The four-year-old brain

Say hello to Benjamin! This four-year–old (Figure 4.1.) is acting silly today. He often tells stories or jokes that he thinks are funny. Be prepared to cover your ears for several reasons: Ben is loud, Ben sometimes uses inappropriate language such as profanity, and he can get very angry and throw tantrums.

Figure 4.1 Benjamin

Tantrums are difficult for both Mom and Ben's preschool teachers. Current research tells us that this type of behavior is increasing rather than decreasing. The more television children watch, the more disruptive they are by the time they reach school age (Certain & Kahn, 2002).

On a brighter note, Ben is very curious and active. He likes to try all sorts of new adventures. Physically, he is ...

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