It’s easy to realize that children need educational development. Many parents think strategically about their choices for their child’s day care, school, and extracurricular activities based on what will bring the child the best possible educational advancement. However, it’s easy to overlook an aspect that is just as important (or more), and that is the child’s emotional development.
Much has been written about emotional intelligence, and many claims have surfaced in recent years that emotional development is the number one predictor of success in life. Whether it is at the top of the list or not, it is undoubtedly important. Children are not machines, and their brains are not just filing cabinets for storing academic data. The emotional life of each child is closely and intricately woven through their whole being, so their education ought to incorporate proven principles to help them to develop emotionally.
Anyone who has ever worked with young children knows that these little ones, who can be so precious and cherubic when they’re happy, can be a handful when they lose control of their emotions. But how can you stimulate your child’s emotional development so that they learn how to manage even their strongest emotions? There’s no doubt that the ability to leverage emotions for good and harness them to work for you is a valuable skill. The great news is, your child can begin to learn these skills right here in our child care center in Sterling. Here are some of the ways that being at our center or another top-quality child care provider can encourage children to understand, process, and handle their emotions in a healthy way.
As young children emerge from infancy, where they cried to get their needs met, they sometimes struggle to realize that they have a new way of making their needs known. Even children who are highly verbal from a young age can have trouble making the connection to know to use their words in an emotional situation. However, when they learn to use their words in these situations, they will discover that they can express to others that they feel frustrated, alone, upset, or needy in any way. A calm and stable adult can approach a crying child and gently and kindly say, “Use your words; can you tell me what’s wrong?” Once children learn to open up this way, it can not only help to get those feelings off their chest, but also help to develop their language ability, too, as they search for the vocabulary that allows them to say what they are feeling.
Even as adults, we experience a negative emotional reaction when we encounter someone who is behaving out of blatant selfishness. It doesn’t matter what age you are; it’s distressing to encounter that insensitive person who yells at others, cuts in line, or engages in other antisocial behaviors. When you are working with children, there are two facets to their instruction in emotional development: (A) How to handle those situations when others do them to us, and (B) How not to BE that person with the negative behavior.
Preschool and early childhood provide incredible levels of opportunity to teach a healthy approach to both of these aspects. In fact, this is indisputably the ideal stage of life to begin to instill in children the values that they will carry all through life. The beauty of imparting these skills to children at such an early age is that they probably won’t even remember the tiny provocations that triggered a conflict. All they will know, by the time they’re older, is that they automatically know how to handle themselves in such a situation.
Enroll your child in Countryside Children’s Academy for academic and emotional development that will benefit them all through their life.