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Old 09-24-2013, 09:55 AM
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Default Altercation Between Preschooler and Toddler

Verbal preschooler, semi-verbal toddler. I got enough out of the toddler (and my own adult ability to extrapolate) to know what happened...toddler wanted the barn open, preschooler wanted it closed, preschooler tried to keep it shut and pinched part of toddlers arm in the door.

How do you handle the discussion? Do you try to get the preschooler to tell you his side of what happened (this is usually what I do between two older kids) or do you just present what you know happened (even though you didn't see just know). Or do you say, "Toddler says you pinched his arm in the farm..."

I'm having a hard time with this because the preschoolers seem to have a difficult time telling the truth. They tell what they want to be true...but in the process lie over and over again. Today's incident included the preschooler thinking I would believe that the barn did it by itself. ("Do you really think I'm going to believe that?" "Um...yes. I think you believe that.") The toddler in question is only semi-verbal and can't really present his side of the incident.

Help give me direction...these sorts of things happen a lot...
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