The early phases of children’s development can have a defining impact on their general progress. During the initial stages, children should be exposed to different experiences and stimulators that will enable them to develop skills and abilities necessary for the everyday life. From interacting with other individuals, developing a sense of responsibility and empathy to learning to learn and work on themselves, the early experiences are the basis for their cognitive, emotional and social development. As the most important figures in children’s lives, parents have a crucial role in their early development. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance that you know how your children develop during this period, how they acquire certain skills and how you can contribute to their progress.
The cognitive development
As children grow, they go through different stages of cognitive development that determine what they can or cannot understand. Jean Piaget, a prominent developmental psychologist, has pointed out that children’s cognitive development entails four different phases, each one with its specific characteristics. For example, until their second year of age, children are focused on exploring their physical environment and learning about visible objects. As they continue to grow, they begin to think, talk, perform certain mental operations, such as counting, and later develop the ability to think about abstract concepts and ideas.
What Piaget has also argued is that children are active in their own development. They need to experience their environment and perform certain actions and task in order to learn. Yet, their ability to learn is still determined and limited by the stage of their cognitive development. By learning more about the cognitive abilities of your children at a certain age, you’ll be able to stimulate their development and provide them with everything they need to reach their full potential. You’ll also have an opportunity to aid their development without making certain mistakes, such as expecting them to complete certain tasks that are above their cognitive level.
The emotional development
Children start recognizing emotions in their mothers’ expressions while they are still babies. Slowly, they begin to recognize not just the basic, but also a wider spectrum of emotions. Later, as they go through different experiences, children’s emotional development becomes more complex. They start learning about why they feel the way they feel and interpreting other people’s feelings. During those early years, they need to develop the ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes and acquire empathy. If you’re actively involved in your child’s early emotional development, and development in general, they will be more stimulated. You are their guide and an intermediary who needs to interpret the world for them until they gain the ability to do that themselves. In order to do this, you need to know more about the intricacies of their early development and how you can enhance it.
Parental education in early development may have a significant impact on their children as they can learn how to contribute and what techniques they can employ. Nowadays, you have different resources on this topic, including online articles, numerous books, and comprehensive early childhood training options. Not only can you improve their development, but you can also enrich their experiences at those early stages in a way that best suits your children’s individual characteristics and needs.
Education has numerous positive effects on children’s early development. It provides them with a safe environment to socialize with their peers and opportunities to work and study with other children, puts them on the road towards lifelong learning, enhances different aspects of their development, helps them acquire a range of different skills, etc.
However, parents have an important role in supporting their children’s learning. You need to be actively involved in your children’s early education. You need to establish an open communication with teachers, participate in school activities and stay up-to-date with your children’s performance and progress at school. At home, you need to motivate your children to study, practice with them what they’ve learned at school, help them adopt appropriate learning techniques and spend time reading with them.
Such an active involvement in your children’s education offers numerous benefits. By being actively engaged, you’ll send a message that education is valued and important to your family. Furthermore, your children will perform better at school and achieve better results. In addition, if your child has certain learning disabilities, a close cooperation with teachers will help you and your child overcome those difficulties.
As the most prominent figure in your children’s lives, you, as a parent, have an important role to provide them with the best opportunities for their development. By educating yourself in children’s early development, you’ll be able to apply appropriate techniques and avoid possible mistakes.
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