If you are taking your child to a child care centre in a Perth suburb such as Wattle Grove or Queens Park, your child is at an age where it is important to stay connected, but sometimes difficult. Your child is transitioning from being utterly dependent upon you as an infant to becoming more independent due to experiencing the world more on their own terms.
That desire for independence can cause some friction and make it more difficult to stay connected, but there are still plenty of opportunities to connect and help nurture your child’s emotional development. Here are a few tips to help you along.
Understanding your Preschooler
It is important to understand that the preschool years are some of the most important in a child’s development. This is when a child learns confidence and self-esteem. The way they feel about their abilities can dictate a lifetime’s worth of self-esteem. Learning to sort through complex emotions early in life can determine how well-equipped they are to cope with stress throughout their lives.
During this period, your child will learn more through play than by any other method. It will happen in preschool, at home and with friends. Your child will be learning social skills such as coping with frustration, sharing, getting along with others, impulse control, sympathy and empathy.
How You can Help
The best thing you can do to help your child and stay connected is to help them develop their self-esteem. Teach them who they are in the family by explaining how they are related to everyone. Tell them what you did as a child. Create family photo albums by taking pictures or videos on a regular basis. Professional shots aren’t needed. Family pictures help your child connect and belong.
Above all: play, listen and encourage. Let your child know how proud you are of him or her.
To learn more, contact the Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth suburb nearest to you.