Childhood Social and Emotional Development

Childhood Social & Emotional Development 

Childhood years signify a bridge between the egocentric toddler and the more socially competent middle childhood. At this age, children will be learning to take the perspective of others, learn how to play more socially and be in sync with peers, and how to establish friendships. Preschools provide the environment where the need for social ability becomes apparent. This necessity together with the child’s developmental growth help pave the way for the development of more adept social skills. There is a steady increase of prosocial behaviors from the age of 3 to 6. They begin to learn that helping, comforting, sharing and controlling anger are of high value. Parents can help promote the development of prosocial behaviors by setting clear limits for the child at the same time that they provide a warm and nurturing style of care giving.

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