Social and Emotional Development of Children before School

Effect of behaviours

Developments is a term that represents one’s progress during an entire life. Children experience changes physically, mentally, emotionally and socially since the moment they are born in order to fit in the environment. Progress in every field is connected to each other and important for school period.

Pre-school period can be thought as a period child develops very fast. Researches show that behaviours children get used to at these ages shape believes, habits, attitudes and values in adult life. Education at this period helps children to develop their feelings, senses and social skills.

Advantages of pre-school emotional development

Social emotional development means children to be aware of their own feelings, control and express them, be in harmony with both themselves and social circle. Parents’ attitude is a very important factor that effects children’s social skills and emotional expressions. Mother-child communication is basis of child’s social development. It creates the basis of further healthy relationships with other people. Children who can rely in their parents are more social. A research shows that between children in 3-5 age group it is observed that children who doesn’t get much attention from parents also show less love for their fathers compare to children who get more attention.

Some parents might behave negatory to children. Lack of attention, abandoning the child or sending somewhere else transmits the message to children that they are unworthy and not valued. This causes children to develop lower self esteem and self respect. Not accepting children as they are, comparing them to other children, having expectations higher than their age and skills are some attitudes some parents have.  In this case, children can be rebellious, too much passionate or shy. It also might affect the relationship between family members.

What parents should avoid in pre school period?

Parent’s over protective or tolerant attitude can also create negative effects on children and cause emotional and social development to delay. Over protection and too much tolerance can create dependence, weak responsibility sense, insecurity, difficulty to socialize on children. Parents who doesn’t restrict and behaviour of children, show tolerance even negative behaviours can cause children to be more selfish and less socially harmonious with peers since this attitude of parents block the development of concepts like  sharing, unselfishness, sacrifice, helping each other and puts children to an unwanted position in a social group.

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