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Childs Social And Emotional Development
Childs Social And Emotional Development

Why Social And Emotional Development Is Important For Your Child?

Do you every wonder how your child is growing up to be? Weather he/she will be shy or confident, introvert or an extrovert? Well, that depends a lot upon how they are brought up when they are still toddlers, their social and emotional development to be more precise. Social and emotional development refer to the development of skills or abilities to effectively interact and communicate, control feelings and actions, build relationship with others etc. These skills allow the child to extend his/her feelings to the caregiver or parent. Here are a few more reasons why it is important:1

1. Effective social and emotional skills in pre-schoolers can be related to successful completion of education, excellent performance in co-curricular activities and flourishing career opportunities in adulthood.
2. Positive social and emotional skills will impact the way a child functions at home, school and in the community.
3. Social, emotional or behavioural inabilities can impact the chances of academic success and development of healthy relationships.

Thus, a childhood with well-developed skills is a stepping stone to a successful adulthood and life ahead.

Development Of Social And Emotional Skills At Different Ages2

First 5 years are very important for growth and development. Child attains following major social and emotional skills during this period:

Childs Social And Emotional Development


Social And Emotional Skills


Birth to 1 year

Babbles with expression and copies sound
Shows attachment to mother and other family members Understands
Shares toys with infants
Plays games such as "peek-a-boo"

2 years

Temper tantrums 
Imitates peers 
Points to things or pictures when they are named

3 years

nitiates peer interactions
Understands rules
Shows a wide range of emotions
Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

4 years

Preferred friendship
Elaborate fantasy play (e.g., ‘superhero’)
Usually compliant to instructions

5 years

Plays away from parent 
Elaborate discussion of emotions 
Speaks very clearly

How Can Parents Aid It

• Be a role model 
• Show affection and care 
• Be considerate of feelings 
• Listen and welcome the child’s viewpoints
• Encourage and support 
• Praise good behaviour

What Happens If These Skills Aren't Developed Properly?

Although there is an age defined for the development of these skills, it is not that a child would not develop them if that age has passed. It has been observed that many children develop slowly or late due to delayed brain development.

It is a known fact that almost 90% of the brain is developed by 6 years of age^. Proper brain development depends heavily on nutrition but more often than not, the child’s diet doesn’t provide all the required nutrients in the right amount. For example, DHA is one of the most important building blocks of the brain and its availability in food sources is very scarce. Health food drinks like Junior Horlicks# can help you fill this gap by providing nutrients like DHA, Choline, Iron, Iodine etc. that are important for brain development.

Child Social Emotional Development

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Child’s Communication Development, Child’s Social Development

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