Explain to her why she cannot pinch or hurt yaya, or anyone else. Next, find out how she learned this misbehavior. “She could have seen someone at home or on TV do this—only then can you address the problem. Remember that children imitate what they see adults do, so we should all be models of good behavior.” Child psychologist Alianan-Bautista also suggests watching TV with your child so you can explain things to her that she cannot understand.
Geraldine Oris, M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University; education professor, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig City
Evangeline Alianan-Bautista, M.A., child psychologist, PsychConsult, Inc., Unit 227 Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Ave., Cubao, Q.C., tel. 421-2469