The 4 Kinds of Kids

Understanding Your Child's Temperament
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Name the four temperaments as defined by the Ancient Greeks
Recognize which behavior motivation links most closely with which temperament
Determine which temperament(s) your child most often exhibits
Develop a plan to nurture and encourage your child's natural temperament(s)


  • There are no requirements for taking this course, although you will find it helpful to have already taken our Challenging Behaviors course.


Connecting with a child can be challenging, especially when they are so different from ourselves. Ancient Greek medicine gave us four basic types of people, or temperament types- Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy, and Phlegmatic- each one unique and interesting. Understanding those four types and their strengths and weaknesses can help you determine which one (or more than one) fits your child. Having this information can then assist you in supporting your child's needs, encourage their strengths, work within their weaknesses, and give you another tool for building a rewarding relationship with your child.

This course is intended to help you understand your child's unique personality, giving you better insight into who they are and why they do what they do. It is not intended to box you or your child into one definition or label, but instead to aid you in supporting who they are now AND who they will become in the future. By the end you should be able to name all four temperament types, identify which one(s) most likely fits your child, and understand how that innate personality links to how they feel loved and accepted. You will then get a few tips for connecting with each type.

If you are raising or working with children, this course is for you!

Who this course is for:

  • This course is intended for anyone working with, living with or caring for young children; parents, grandparents, childcare workers, teachers, foster parents, babysitters, nannies, etc.


Erin Hinton
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By day, I am a preschool teacher. By night, I am an adult educator. Both of these roles have come together in my position as program director and teacher at a parent cooperative preschool in West Sacramento, CA. I have a Masters Degree in Education, 13 years of teaching experience, and 21 years of life in the trenches, raising children. I believe what the research proves- that a child's most important development happens in the first five years. I also believe it is the highest achievement to be a life-long learner. Parents and early caregivers are the child's first teachers, and as such need support and encouragement as they navigate both the joys and challenges of working with children. No one is an island, and no one is truly alone.

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