Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development

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Emotional intelligence or emotional development is a term that describes the ability of a person to express his or her emotions appropriately, to interpret correctly the emotions of others and to understand the triggers and outcomes of certain emotions. Children with high levels of emotional development are also skilled in their ability to cope with their own emotions, in such a way that is creates positive social connections.

During the early stages of childhood and of emotional development, children start to develop self-conscious emotions. They start to evaluate themselves, instead of reacting to other adults’ evaluations. For example, an older baby or a younger toddler may be perfectly happy covering himself from head to toe in mud from the backyard, and will not experience any negative emotions, unless the adults will express their displeasure. In the early childhood, the emotional development can be seen in the feeling of guilt. For instance, children may still enjoy playing in the muddy yard, but as soon as they see their mother, the immediate response is shame or guilt.

As children grow, so does the emotional development. Children become increasingly more self-aware, more effective in communicating, and better at understanding the thoughts and feelings of others. In one word, their social skills increase. Thereby, the emotional development of children also tends to increase. In the stages of early childhood become more and more skilled at modifying and expressing their emotional development, in order to comply to different social situations. At this point in their emotional development, children are not aware of this aspect. The emotional development process in children happens at a subconscious level. For example, Joey feels angry, but he is aware that throwing a tantrum at school would be inappropriate.

Many adults do not know this, but children have a better understanding of things than their parents. The parents are the people who have most of the influence on children and they do not realise it. Many studies in these fields have shown that babies and toddlers posses a wide range of emotions. This is how babies and toddlers communicate with their parents, by means of emotional development. Infants are known to interpret the facial expressions and the voice tone of their parents.

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