Children, much like adults, are constantly learning new things. Every single day, they’re getting new information about their world. Kids are beginning to learn how to interact and communicate with others. They’re learning how to express themselves more. It’s good for parents to know how to encourage emotional growth and expression for optimal child development.
When we say “emotional growth,” we’re talking about the development of emotional awareness. That sounds really complex. But, emotional growth describes how your child is feeling and expressing his or her emotions. When your kids were infants, they mostly cried or laughed to express what they were feeling. But, tears represented a lot of different things: frustration, pain, hunger, or any other kind of discomfort. Now that your little ones are growing emotionally, they are learning more about what they’re feeling. They’re also developing better ways to tell you what’s going on.
How do you, as a parent, cultivate emotional growth in your kids? How do you teach them ways to communicate their emotions? Well, there are several different things you can do to promote emotional child development. Here are a few suggestions:
Remember that you’re being watched! Your kids are eyeing your responses. When you laugh at jokes or look disgusted when you see vegetables, your kids might do the same. But, just as they’re watching you, they’re watching their siblings, friends, and teachers. Just keep in mind that you’re constantly teaching your kids how to express their emotions, even when you’re not thinking about it.
Because your kids are watching you, you’ll need to show them great ways to express emotions. You can cultivate emotional child development by hugging them and telling them that you love and care for them. Also, show your kids that it’s ok to be happy or sad.
Talk to children about their feelings. Ask your kids what’s going on in their world. Find out what they’re feeling. Ask them why they’re excited about visiting Grandma or sad about leaving school for the day. Give them an opportunity to get in touch with their emotions.
Explain your feelings. Your kids are more aware of what’s going on around them now. They may know exactly how to ask you what’s happening, but, they will know if you’re feeling good or bad. If they ask, figure out ways to show them what you’re feeling. Hearing you express your emotions can help encourage their emotional growth.
Let your kids hang out with other children their age. This will help stimulate emotional growth on a level that fits your kids’ age and stage of life. You’ll be surprised at the fun stuff they learn from their peers. You’ll also get to see how your kids interact with others — social growth!
Spend time with your children. Talk on the way to school. Have dinner table conversations. Tell bedtime stories. Enjoy each other’s company as much as you can.
At Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we love to see little ones as they grow. We monitor their physical, cognitive, and emotional growth. It’s our goal to make sure they’re progressing well in these areas. If you’re looking for a place where your child can develop in an educational and fun environment, look not further! Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy is equipped to help your children continue growing into the amazing kids you’ve been raising them to be! If you’re interested in our child development and educational program, just give us a call at (866) 216-6750 and schedule an appointment to tour one of our facilities!