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Literature Review Understanding a Preschooler The preschooler years bring rapid intellectual physical and emotional growth Newman 1998 Your preschoolers imagination is racing and he is fascinated by everything around him He is learning to reason to exercise self-control and to name and express his emotions verbally Newman 1998 For the first time in their lives preschoolers begin to show signs of empathy and understanding although they will remain predominantly self-centered until age five or so Their view of world expands to include how other people interact They will remark on how someone treats someone else Tommy pinches all the other kids so hes mean Melissa brought cupcakes to class today so shes nice At the same time they have also grown acutely aware of how other people respond to them Newman 1998 Your childs world has grown so much larger yet Mommy and Daddy still reign supreme To him you are everything This is why he measures himself by how you treat him He knows no other means of testing his self-image and his thinking is largely formed by the emotional inputthe words actions attitudesof others He is not capable of thinking Im great and deserving of happiness because my mom loves me spends time talking to me and playing with me and hugs me a lot However he feels these emotions very strongly and he associates Moms behavior toward him with the positive feelings Similarly he will not tell himself I am not valuable or lovable because Daddy rarely plays with me and Mommy is too busy for me and I hardly ever get hugs or attention Yet he will make an associate between the behavior of those closest to him and how he feels about himself Newman 1998 Children of Divorce Approximately one million children experience their parents divorce each year National Center for Health Statistics 1992 Divorce is viewed not as a single stressful event in children lives but rather
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