It is important for parents to understand the emotional development in children. By recognizing the patterns of emotional development in children, parents can help provide guidance suitable for their children. It will ease the transition from one stage to another.
At each stage of emotional development in children, parents can do their best to meet the needs of their developing child. They can lay the foundations of understanding from toddlerhood to pre-school age with praise, encouragement, and a bit more patience. Hence, they can develop a meaningful and strong relationship with their child.
Observe the developmental patterns in children to be more effective in parenting. No two children are alike, all are unique. So, know the broad patterns of emotional development in children to understand the age-group characteristics.
Emotional Development in Children Age Wise
The Trying Two’s
- Two-year-olds throw tantrums very quickly who can’t get what they want. But also get over them quickly too.
- Negativism is a very common response at this age. They often say ‘no’ to everything parents ask them to do.
- Do not leave anything dangerous around them as they test, taste, touch, press or squeeze everything around them. They have a great curiosity for everything.
- They are more possessive and do not want to share their things.
Tips to handle emotional development in children at 2
They explore the world around them and try to master the skills on their own. It is a trying period for them so you need not be overly concerned. They want to satisfy their curiosity by achieving autonomy. Therefore, when they are frustrated, they outburst in anger and throw tantrums.
- Provide durable toys to avoid destruction.
- Offer toys that boost creativity and encourage exploration.
- Give things to play which they can press, touch or taste.
- Distract when they are frustrated by engaging in alternative activities.
- If a child says ‘no’ try to make a game out of the task.
The Trusting Three’s
- Children at 3 are very energetic, they are on the go every time and get tired easily.
- They like to please adults and get acceptance so they conform readily.
- They are not ready to distinguish between the imaginary and real world. So they believe you whatever you tell them.
- Children at this age are now interested in other people. So they are cooperative and enjoys the company of other children.
Tips to handle emotional development in children at 3
- Praise the children for helping out, obeying and performing well.
- Involve them in active games and fun activities. But make sure to give them rest periods to recharge.
- Encourage imaginative play materials such as role play or guessing games.
- Provide such kids activities to teach cooperation with friends or siblings.
- Encourage and praise them to work or play with others.
The Frustrating Four’s
- Children at 4 are more talkative as they have increased capacity for language.
- They continue to ask ‘why’ as they are more inquisitive even after getting the answers.
- They are full of life and energy. So, they are more lively and sociable.
- Children of this age are emotionally unpredictable. They can burst into laughter, anger or tears at the same time.
- They have more muscular energy which keeps them going on and on for frequent physical activities.
Tips to handle emotional development in children at 4
- Encourage them to ask more questions and try to figure out the answers together.
- Let them play heartily and encourage motor skills activities.
- Allow them to participate in family conversations.
- Talk to them and read to them to build a special bond.
- Arrange a few play dates with friends or cousins to improve social activities.
The Fascinating Five’s
- Five-year-olds are good in language skills. Hence, they love to talk, tell stories and sometimes quiz adults with wild questions!
- They are usually the first to try new things or start a new conversation.
- These children love to play vigorous and noisy games.
- They cooperate with both parents and teachers to gain acceptance. They have a definite desire to please everyone.
- Children perform little tasks and duties as they feel grown-up. They want to help mom and dad in chores.
Tips to handle emotional development in children at 5
- Recognize their work and reward them accordingly.
- Encourage them to speak, read, and write. It will help them to express better.
- Encourage them to join group games. Put aside the screen time and get them outdoors to play or exercise.
- Provide them with responsibilities and tasks to do at home such picking toys, arranging clothes, watering the plants or setting the table.
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Also Read: Baby Development Stages
Wish you a very Happy Parenting!