Parent & Toddler: Teaching Emotional Development
Information for parents on how to help toddlers from the ages of 3-6 in their emotional development. How to teach language, social and moral skills.
How To Help Your Preschooler's Emotional Development.
A preschooler between the ages of 3 and 6 is beginning his emotional development. This stage is very important as it forms his personal identity. To a certain extent, personality is determined by genes but personality is also dependent upon individual development. A kid's emotional development happens through his ability to interact with his parent and other children. This is the time when the kid learns to control himself and handle external situations.
His language skills are sufficient for him to ask questions, understand simple explanations and express his own opinions. This is the age of willfulness. Nurture him carefully to avoid stubbornness getting the upper hand and spoiling him to become a spoilt brat. The kid learns more by social interaction in playgroups and preschools. The parent can guide him in new situations like sharing with others and being fair by taking turns at play. A 3 year old may not express his feelings clearly as he may still lack extensive vocabulary. Instead, he may express himself physically in emotional tantrums, tears or other ways.
This is the age where the child's imagination may run wild. He needs to learn the meaning of imagination, reality and fantasy.He will be fearful of nightmares. a parent helps by discussing the issues with him and helping him to overcome his fears.
A child begins to be sensitive and self-conscious. He seeks praise and affirmation of his actions. He compares to others and may feel peer pressure.Parents can help by letting him express himself and affirming his positive social values.
He starts to understand the difference between right and wrong.This becomes his moral development and conscience.Aesop's Fables are rich in moral stories with consequences. This helps in understanding responsibilities and reactions for every behavior.
Emotional development isn't all teaching. It also involves allowing the child to express himself and learn suitable channels for expression.Tempers should give way to more mature expressions like asking questions and seeking reasons.
After teaching the child the basics of good morals, the parent can sit back a little and watch the child's emotional development take hold. The kid will show his strengths and weaknesses in his fair share of ups and downs. The parent can provide further guidance in his continuing emotional development.