Emotional Development For Your Child
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Encouraging participation provides a framework of appropriate behavior of the child. A combination of nurturance and control, encouragement, demand, and communication provides the emotional and social context required for the child’s optimum development.

Many experts agree that the child’s emotional development is dependent upon the care received at an early age. The child who receives love, attention, and the encouragement to explore and learn is most likely to develop an “amygdale”, a part of the brain which allows a person to calm himself. The parts of the brain that process emotion grow and mature relatively early in a child and are very sensitive to parental feedback and handling.

Calming lullabies provide time for the very active toddler to reconnect with the adult. As the lesson progresses, the toddler will exhibit “bound away and back” tendencies. The opportunity to reconnect is valuable to both the adult and child.

Labeling actions (such as stirring, around we go, etc) and performing them simultaneously is central to the child’s discovery of meaning and context. Engaging in the actions in a happy environment and with caring people heightens the learning possibilities. Emotion and learning are so connected in these early years that children are most delighted when they learn with a person to whom they are emotionally related.

Studies suggest that children who learn that they have the capacity and opportunity to exert control over their actions early in life will be more likely to learn to accept responsibility for their actions as they mature.

Saying “I Love You” in song and dance is another way to affirm and strengthen the emotional relationship between the caring adult and child. Research has proven that expressing our emotions is necessary for the stimulation of the limbic system. The limbic system links the emotional and cognitive process of the brain. In order to learn and remember something, there must be a sensory input, personal emotional connection and movement.

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