Stages of social development in Childhood : Social Development

Stages of social development in Childhood

As children develop from

Throughout the toddler years, temper tantrums are quite common. There's a good reason why people often refer to this stage as the "terrible two's"! Toddlers tend to have rapid mood swings. While their emotions can be very intense, these feelings also tend to be quite short-lived. You might be stunned at how your child can go from screaming hysterically about a toy he wants at one moment to sitting in front of the television quietly watching his favorite show just moment later. Such is the nature of the toddler years.

Children at this age can be very possessive and have difficulty sharing. Learning to get along with other children is an essential skill, however. In just a few short years, your child will go from spending most of his time with family and close friends to spending large chunk of his day interacting, learning, and playing with other kids at school. In fact, researchers have found emotional development and social skills are essential for school readiness. Examples of such abilities include paying attention to adult figures, transitioning easily from one activity to the next, and cooperating with other kids.

Helping Kids Develop Social and Emotional Skills

So how can you help your child learn how to play well with others? Social competence not only involves the ability to cooperate with peers; it also includes such things as the ability to show empathy, express feelings, and share generously. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to help your kids develop these all important social and emotional skills.

Modeling appropriate behaviors is essential. Observation plays a vital role in how young children learn new things. If your child sees you sharing, expressing gratitude, being helpful, and sharing feelings, your child will have a good solid understanding of how to interact with other people outside the home. You can model these responses in your own household with both your child and other members of the family. Every time you say "please" or "thank you, " you are demonstrating how you would like your children to behave.

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by 43aclueeveryone

Why did I think your research was up to date?
Phroid's Myth 4 quote:
"Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg, a prominent developmental psychologist, reviewed the research on the predictability of adult adaptation and health based on childhood experiences. He and his colleagues concentrated on the key longitudinal studies in the three areas of emotional development, sexual development, and social behavior. They concluded that the pervasive belief that early life experience determines adult behavior is ... a myth."
43aclue response:
This prominent developmental phychologist has been dead for 20 years!!
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