Child Development – Useful Tips To Develop The Social And Emotional Growth Of Your Child
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Children’s humour is limited by their experience and their cognitive development, so what they perceive as funny is altogether too obvious for adults. Humour is social and children laugh longer when in a group setting. The most common element in children’s humor is incongruity; when arrangement of ideas, social expectations or objects is incompatible with the normal or expected pattern of events. A child may use an object in a known inappropriate way such as a shoe for a telephone or give a name to an object or event that they know is incorrect.

The relationship between a caring adult and child can be built and strengthened through activities that provide a balance between the need for attachment and the need for exploration. As a secure base, the adult becomes the point from which the toddler moves away from while exploring and discovering his world. At the time of needing reassurance, comfort and security, the child then returns to the adult.

To develop the conversation skill of your child, echoing in a vocal play begins as imitation, but can develop through improvisation on the part of the teacher or the children. The exchange, whether imitative or improvised, allows children to experience the give and take of conversation. This is vital to the development of conversation skills, which is an important element of social development.

As young toddlers have the physical experience of falling down and then getting back up, a significant emotional event occurs as well. They are encountering and overcoming a fear of imbalance, and are developing confidence in their physical skills.

Bodily movements often carry strong psychological meanings. With young children in particular, motion conveys emotion more powerfully than words. In the second year of life, motion is centered on the achievement of balance, and the risk of losing this balance becomes a central concern. Physical balance stands as a symbol for emotional balance, in child play as well as in adult imagery.

Running and jumping into the arms of an adult is a favorite game of young children. It allows children to practice and master the skills of running and jumping and/or leaping. It also has meaningful emotional content. Knowing that Daddy or Grandma will catch her when she jumps is a display of trust and represents a level of emotional security in the relationship.

The ritual of beginning and ending class the same way each week is an important element of class structure. There is security in routines. Events that can be counted on to come at the same time or in a predictable order help a child learn how to order time and help him develop confidence in his ability to predict what comes next.

When things break it can be upsetting to children, and they often need help getting through the upset. Playing out a resolution to this type of event helps children rehearse an attitude of ” I can do something about this.” Being able to respond to unexpected or undesired events in this way is an important life skill.

In acknowledging a child’s choice to participate it is important to praise the accomplishment rather than to make a global comment such as “Good girl!” or “Good boy!”. When the latter type of praise is used frequently, there is the danger that the child might interpret the absence of such praise to mean, “I’m a bad boy” or “I’m not good enough.” Examples of appropriate praise include the following :

– “Great job. You played the drum!”
– “You are good at that.”
– “You did it!”

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