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1. MAKING RELATIONSHIPS – Every child must learn how to play co-operatively with others, take turns and show sensitivity to other’s needs and feelings.

At home I would encourage turn taking, both in conversation and in play, as well as finding opportunities for them to share. Explaining to the child why we do things is always beneficial.

If your child has difficulty including particular children or sharing, I find it exceedingly helpful to use puppets and role play stories with morals. (In a future blog, I may give examples of some of the social skills persona doll shows that I have done with the children. These stories have had direct impact on many of the children).

2. SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF AWARENESS – We want our children to be confident. They should be able to select resources for their choice of activity, and be ready to try out new ideas, as well as having the confidence to express their own ideas in a familiar group.

Young babies have their emotional needs met with safe and secure attachments, starting with the mother or main carer of the child, and with key persons, when they attend other settings. Lots of eye contact, comforting touch and being spoken to, contribute to meeting their emotional needs.

As the child grows older and he becomes more independent it is healthy to allow this independence to mature, and to give him some choices which involve challenge.

Children (and adults) need positive interactions in order to thrive and build self-confidence. Descriptive praise for the effort rather than end product, e.g. I like the way you chose to pile the small bricks on the long wide one, is way more productive than general statements, like lovely, beautiful etc.

3. MANAGING FEELINGS AND BEHAVIOUR – Children should be able to talk about how they and others show feelings and understand concepts of behaviour and consequences.

Young children often find it difficult to express their emotions. There are many books, which help children tune into the concept of emotions that one can buy or borrow from libraries.

Suggested activity - Draw faces with various emotions, e.g. happy, sad, worried, angry and tearful. Turn them all upside down. Take turns to pick up a picture, describe its emotion and then make up a little story about someone who displayed that feeling and why she reacted that way. At another opportunity, you could turn over the cards, and describe when and why you felt that emotion. When discussing emotions like sad or worried one should tell children the we all experience the varying emotions at times, and that it is important to discuss these feelings with someone who she trusts.

When trying to impart concepts of behaviour to children, it is a good idea to make up a story of a child who broke rules and talk about the effects of his bad behaviour.

All human beings must have boundaries in order to maintain security and stability. When teaching your child his limits, consistency is the golden rule. It is excellent if you can collaborate with the setting your child attends and have agreed procedures as to how to respond to changes in children’s behaviour.

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