When children are very small the most important learning experience for them is that they can trust the world. The way that happens is simple. Parents and caregivers who interact and respond to the small child’s needs on a regular basis, interact with them, verbalize what the child is doing, encourage them to try things, will end up with happy kids. Kids that are ready for the world.
One of the most important developments to help a child thrive is to focus on developing and expanding a child’s executive function. When a child masters their own emotions they get along with others, they are able to focus on learning, they are able to enjoy life. They thrive as children and later on as adults.
The best way to assist the child develop the executive funding is to verbalize what the small child is doing, while the child is performing a task. For instance, when the child is climbing up steps, say: You are climbing up the steps. When the child is sliding down a slide. Verbalize it. When the child sits in a swing – tell the child what is happening at the time that it is happening.
Helping the child develop into a fully functioning and emotionally aware child help the child to verbalize its emotions. When the child is crying tell the child. Tommy is upset, hurt, angry, hungry, frightened. Children who are able to identify their own emotions will have an easier time managing their emotions as they grow older. This improves their relationship with others, provides them with a solid foundation for self-management with a higher executive function. Naturally, being in touch with your child, paying attention to your child’s needs is an important aspect of this important foundation.
Children with high levels of healthy parental feedback and involvement thrive.