I've read a lot lately about how behavior is just communication. With young children especially, they may not know how to find the words to express their feelings or their needs. So they act it out. We call this behavior. It's really hard sometimes to remember that with their behavior they are trying to communicate with us. They are trying to tell us that they are unhappy or uncomfortable with something in their world, and they need us to help them fix it. It's really hard to remember that when a child is throwing themselves on the floor having a tantrum, or hitting their sibling, or refusing to do what must be done in order to get everyone out the door for school.
But I'm trying. I'm trying to listen, not just to their words, but to what their actions are trying to tell me. It's not always easy.