In the spirit of this month of love, friendships, and family let’s dig a little deeper into why our toddlers need to have these relationships. We as humans are social beings and naturally we all seek to interact with others and build relationships with them. Since the early childhood years are key for the formation of children, teaching our kids about the importance of developing healthy relationships is vital. This will even help as they begin to step on those difficult teenage years where we fear the types of relationships they will make.
Preschool is a fascinating place for our toddlers, they begin to explore the world and new things about themselves. Here they begin to have relationships with people outside their family and begin to feel emotions they didn’t know about.
Empathy is one of those key emotions we need to make sure our toddlers are experiencing and will continue to acknowledge. Whether it’s saying “try to step into someone else’s shoes for a day…” or “try to put yourself in their place” parents need to continuously remind their kids about the importance of empathizing with others. However, empathy is more than sympathizing with others, it is the ability to understand how others feel and being able to react accordingly. Therefore, we need to make sure our toddlers are constantly learning to recognize their friend’s emotions and are responding appropriately to them.
The first relationship we make is the one with our parents and caretakers. This is our first encounter with bonding and learning to interact with another person. Therefore, parents and family are the main role models kids learn from when it comes to having healthy relationships. We as caretakers, parents, and family need to make sure we are giving our toddlers a good example of how it is to have healthy bonds with other people. Once again, we learn so much from our little ones, they always make us reflect on what we are doing. They will likely act with their peers the way they see us interact with each other, so it’s vital we lead by example.
Healthy relationships now will give our little ones a good foundation for their future friendships and partnerships. We want them to start learning how to care for others, think of others, and interact with others. Parents and family are not only their role models but we are also the best tools they have to learn how to make friends. Therefore, it’s important to give our toddlers support by arranging playdates and teaching them how to strike a conversation with a new class mate. Everyone has a different style of making friends so make sure you recognize how your child is so you can give them the best tips to say hi to the little one next to them in class.
Stay tuned for more posts about early childhood development, tips, recipes, and fun stories about these interesting years. If you have something you would like for us to blog about let us know. Remember every day is an adventure at Kids Village, your kids will love it and so will you!