Although my body is little, my emotions are huge. I have little control on what happens in my life, I don’t control where I go, who I meet, who looks after me. I have only just realised that I am a separate individual from my parent/caregiver. I’m learning how to assert myself, to communicate my likes and dislikes, and to act independently. I’m still learning how to verbally communicate, and express my wants and needs. I want what I want. That’s why I love to say “NO” and “MINE” and “ME DO IT”. I am navigating strong feelings and they swing wildly from moment to moment. I am so excited when you hand me my drink bottle but I am absolutely devastated that it drips down my top. I need your help to cope. I want you to validate what I’m feeling, I want you to show me other ways of dealing with this anger, I want you to show me empathy and understanding whilst still setting me boundaries that keep me safe. If you want me to do something, give me two options with the same result so I feel like I have some sort of control and it gives me a sense of competency. You have been handed a gift to guide me, as my parent, caregiver, teacher or babysitter. Please guide me with gentle hands, please understand that although my body is little, my emotions are huge.