Quotation by James L. Hymes, Jr.

Success matters very much to the under-six age group. These children want so desperately to be able to hold their heads high. They sound exceedingly boastful: "I can count up to five...." "I can tie my shoes...." "I know how old I am. Do you want to see...?" Each child maintains his own public relations office. He is continuously concerned with getting his name and his skill and his knowledge and his power into the "headlines." But we mustn't be misled by this drumbeating. The bombast is as much for the child's benefit as for ours—he can't quite believe his own importance.
James L. Hymes, Jr. (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, author. Teaching the Child Under Six, ch. 2 (1968).
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