Are you noticing an increase in challenging behavior in the classroom? Why are challenging behaviors noticeably increasing? Does stress play a role? If the answer is yes to these questions, what can we do? What is our role as educators? What is our role as parents? How can we support young children? First, we have to recognize the importance of the early years and brain development. The foundation for the person the child will become as an adult will be laid in these early years. If we want our children to grow up with executive function skills like empathy, self-regulation, self-control and impulse-control, focus, and good memory, we must create environments in which children are practicing problem solving, thinking critically and creatively, and brainstorming solutions.