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Other Family Members

Whatever the makeup of your family, these are the people who will bond with your child for life and help shape the person he becomes. Although a child’s emotional development begins with his attachment to his parents or primary caregivers, his emotional growth continues within his overall family environment.

Forming Friendships

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.

Empathy and Compassion

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.

Character and Values

As a parent, it is a good idea to reflect on your own values, to know what they are, and to be conscious of which values you would like your child to embrace. Here are some ways to approach this process.


Throughout life, brothers and sisters offer each other connections to the past, the present, and the future. As they grow older, siblings reinforce one another’s identities. As they share memories, they can make sense of their lives, who they are, and where they come from.


Several factors impact the parent-child relationship. While you cannot control all of these factors, you can learn about them and harness them to minimize negative effects and to maximize positive ones.

Culture and Community

As your child’s inner foundation becomes established, he also reaches out to understand and connect to the community at large to find a sense of belonging.

Your Baby’s Emotional Development

Knowledge about your baby’s emotional developmental stages helps you mindfully provide for his needs and wants. This article provides some general milestones of emotional development from birth to 36 months.

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