Early childhood emotional development and social development is the key to a child's overall well-being.
It is the ability to learn the difference between right and wrong, and true and false. It is also the ability to become empathetic and take into account the emotions, feelings, and needs of others.
that has a difficult time socializing and expressing their emotions
will face a greater challenge when trying to play and connect with their
peers. As a result, they can suffer from a lower self-esteem and
feelings of the excluded 'outsider.'
Here is a guideline for the stages of child development in the category of early childhood emotional development and social development between ages 3 to 5.
The following tips come from my personal experience at home and at school...
There is a program that is called Second Step. It teaches children how to use their words to express their feelings as well as how to 'read' other children's body language. When two children fight, we encourage them to look at each other and we say: "Look at your friend. How do you think they feel?"
It is also important to teach children to express their emotions. "I don't like it when...." "I am angry at you because..." The more we use this 'emotional language' with our children, the easier it will be for them to express their feelings.
I like to remind Eytan of how we behave in social situations before
we have a friend over or before we go to someone else's house. I also
let him know who will be there, just in case there are children that he
doesn't know well. I find that, by preparing him in advance, the
transition into the new situation is much smoother and he feels at ease.
My best advice for the time when a child has a hard time entering the classroom and separating from their parents is to do it quickly. Do not talk to the teacher for too long - simply say goodbye and leave. Your child is in safe hands and will most likely stop crying after a couple of minutes.
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