“When children watch too much violence, they lose out on learning empathy.”
Here are 10 lesser known facts about Emotional Development -
1) Today Emotional Quotient (EQ) is as important as Intelligence Quotient (IQ).
2) The extensive ‘fun violence’ shown in cartoons and children’s programs hampers their emotional growth as it teaches them that both, heroes and villains can use violence to achieve success.
3) While watching news that’s showing gory facts, children fear it will happen to them too. It is important that adults help the child understand or allow the child to question their fears which need to be handled sensitively.
4) Age 0-1 years is the foundation of all emotional development. They learn to trust (or mistrust). When the baby’s needs are taken care of, the baby develops trust in the outside world. Responding to the baby’s communication (e.g. crying) is critical.
5) Age 2-3 years is when the child wants to do things on their own. Blaming them for ‘being late, or taking too much time’ or ‘not doing the task well’, cultivates feelings of shame in the child.
6) Age 4-5 years is when he is keen to take on responsibilities like keeping his bag himself. If the child is discouraged, he develops a sense of guilt and insecurity, making him unsure of himself.
7) Parents and teachers need to help children be aware of different emotional states, both, in themselves and in people around them.
8) They should help children identify and label their feelings so that they can deal with them appropriately.
9) Stories and characters can be used as an important tool to help kids understand and cope with emotions.
10) Elders have to learn to accept children’s emotional responses. For e.g. If the child is angry about something, learn to teach them how to reject the emotional behavior.