The Emotional Development During The First Year Of Life

Filed under: Emotional Development - 19 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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The emotional development of your baby will develop by leaps and bounds during his first year of life. Step by step, a baby will go from observation to active participation. Here are the things that will take place while your child is growing:

Month 1:

  • makes eye contact
  • responds to parents’ voice and smiles and cries for help


Month 2:

  • develops a social smile
  • studies faces
  • likes playing with other people and may cry when this stops
  • coos in response to sounds nearby
  • the first time when express anger

Month 3:

  • smiles at people and gurgles to get attention and to start a so-called “discussion”
  • imitates some movements and facial expressions
  • smiles back when parents or other people smile at him, but his smile involves the entire body


Month 4:

  • cries if play is disrupted
  • is amazed by children
  • laughs when is tickled and when he interacts with others

Month 5:

  • is assertive
  • can make the difference between family members and strangers
  • likes to play during meals

Month 6:

  • tire a toy fast, but will not tire your attention
  • temperament becomes apparent, becoming easy upset, active or gentle
  • recognizes his own name
  • is able to make noises such as squeals
  • cries and coos for pleasure


Month 7:

  • starts to know what “no” means
  • enjoys social interaction
  • tries to mimic adults
  • anger is expressed more and more strongly

Month 8:

  • can make the difference between unfamiliar and familira things
  • may be anxious or shy with strangers
  • can cry in frustration when he can’t reach a toy or doesn’t do anything he wants to

Month 9:

  • imitates the gestures of adults
  • smiles and kisses his own image in the mirror
  • likes to play near parents
  • may be shy or more sensitive in the presence of other children
  • looks at teh right picture when an image is named


Month 10:

  • anxiety caused by separation may start
  • self-esteem begins to develop
  • cautious of heights
  • responds to clapping or other type of positive recognition
  • shows moods such as happy, sad or angry

Month 11:

  • can be more uncooperative
  • tries to gain approval and avoid disapproval

Month 12:

  • shows a developing sense of humour
  • may have temper tantrums
  • clings to parents or one of them specially
  • fluctuations between being uncooperative and cooperative

Knowing in advance all these things, it’s very useful for parents as they know how to behave, calm and encourage their child. Taking the right measures at the right time, will help their baby develop emotionally the right way.

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How To Talk With Your Children About Death And Loss

Filed under: Tips And Tricks - 07 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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When death or any other loss such as divorce take place, children need time to understand, to adjust and be ready for a lot of questions. Although you may pass through a difficult period of time, don’t get angry at your child. Remember that a child has just started to know this world and he has so many things to discover.


The loss of a lover person is like a storm, affection your child’s emotional architecture. Chidlren have less skills and less time to adjust to death and loss, so you have to help them. When death, separation are anticipated it’s easier for children as they have enough time to anticipate, think, analyze and slowly reshape relationships. Plus, the process will less painful for them.


During the grieving process, a child will ask you what is cancer, what is death and many other related questions. The primary emotion during such a sad event is the fear of the unknown and fear of the future. To prevent your children’s toughts be dominated by fear, stress and sadness, talk to him about as for a child there’s no “not thinking about it” or ” putting it out of their minds.”


There are children who won’t talk about a sad event, while others won’t not talk about it to other people. Nonetheless, grief is normal, but if it persists beyond six months, or the capacity of chils is compromised, professional help is a must.


Share your own feelings with your child about death or a loss. While you’re having these discussions with your child, try to understand what he feels and how he perceive a death or a loss.

Additionally, be ready to repeat the same information several times and to give examples to help them understand what is happening.

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