Children’s relationships with adults, parents, caregivers and early childhood educators, have a tremendous impact on behavioral, social emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
“The most important thing is emotional connection, giving your child one-on-one attention,” says Amy McCready, a discipline expert and founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. Once an emotional connection is made, through spending special time alone with your child, “the most important thing to work on is training,” McCready continues. “If we take the time to teach them how to do things, from personal care to helping with dinner, they will feel more empowered and less likely to act out. The more time we spend on training, the less time we have to spend on correcting negative behavior.”
When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them grow and thrive.
There is a strong connection between the development a child undergoes early in life and the level of success that the child will experience later in life.
Studies show that there is a strong correlation between the amount of intermittent and free time physical activity a child engages in and the beneficial effects on their health and behavior in ordinary daily circumstances.