As your baby’s guide, you are in charge of setting limits and creating boundaries for her. Sometimes it can be challenging to know when your child is on the edge and needs to return to balance.
Your child’s first relationships with the people around him provide the foundation for his healthy social and emotional development. This section discusses stages of your baby’s emotional development and how to help him build skills that allow him to interact with the world with confidence and joy.
By stimulating your child’s curiosity, getting him involved with his own projects and responsibilities, sharing control by offering him choices, and helping him reflect on his decisions, you help him develop intentionality.
Skills of self-regulation, such as impulse control, delay of gratification, and adherence to social rules are easier to learn and reinforce through routines, regularity, and consistency at a young age.
Self-awareness is the core skill on which the other essential emotional skills rely. Your baby must be aware of himself in order to be confident, to empathize, and to self-regulate. Here are a few exercises to encourage your baby to develop self-awareness.
Here are the general steps of friendship development, along with the ages at which you can expect your child to take those steps. Remember that every child is different, and yours will gain social skills and make friends at his own pace.
Your baby’s cognitive development is interrelated with his sense of humor. Humor is a form of play, and play is how children learn. A good sense of humor can make your child smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges.
Empathy is considered one of the most influential components of emotional intelligence. Here are several parenting strategies that you can incorporate into your daily interactions with your child to foster empathy.
Cooperation begins at home and branches out as your child has more experiences in the wider world. This will pave the way for meaningful, lasting relationships.
Confidence is a positive attitude toward, perception of, and belief in one’s abilities. Confidence broadens your child’s world and opportunities and gives him the foundation to learn, to succeed, and to participate in healthy relationships.