The Value of Play to Emotional Development

Filed under: Emotional Development - 22 Sep 2010  | Spread the word !

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Letting your child interact with other children is all a part of growing up and has been for many centuries before our generation. No matter how hard it is to let go of your child on their first day of kindergarden or preschool you must remember that it is for the well being of your child’s social and emotional development. Not only are cognitive skills such as hand eye coordination developed through play but interactive skills and emotions are also increased and encouraged.

Sharing, patients, communication skill, role models and many other emotional developments take place during interaction with others. The experience of conflict, rules and positive reenforcement are taking into the child’s stride and helps them to cope better with the bigger world they will encounter later in life. Each year as the child grows older their world expands as does their social and emotional development.

Through the expression of feelings at their raw state, children are able to better communicate with older people, parents and adults. Later in life we are expected to withhold these emotions though self control which is also a key element to emotional development. The mimicking of actual events in real life such as death, pregnancy or fighting should not be a source of concern for parents because these are natural parts of every persons life. These event bring out emotions such as sadness, anger, joy and many others which are all natural for humans to feel.

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