Is a child's action trying to tell us something?
"Cars come equipped with a dashboard message system that alerts us when our engine is running hot, when fluids are low, or when the fuel supply is down to the reserve tank. There's no gauge to tell us when we've become stuck in a stress cycle that is rapidly draining our fuel tank and overheating our engine. Negative feelings, thoughts, and behaviors are those signals. They tell us when we're overstressed and running on empty."
~Dr. Stuart Shanker, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life