Child Social Development

The Process of Child Social Development

As a toddler, child social development is mostly based on seeing themselves as the center of the universe. They want to be the most important thing in everyone's lives. This is also the time, however, when they start to learn to conform, and want to be like their parents. This is when it is important for them to see their parents modeling kindness and patience. These concepts can be difficult for children to understand, but they can attempt to follow the parents' examples.


Helping Your Child's Emotional Development

Emotional development refers to the way children understand and control their feelings, as well as how they react to these feelings. Tantrums are very common at the toddler stage and are generally the result of their inability to express how they are feeling. This can be a pivotal part of emotional development. Parents should be aware that tantrums can be averted by understanding their child's tolerance for stimulation and frustration. Positive emotional development and feelings about themselves lead to positive self-esteem in children. This can be fostered at home, by a caregiver, and eventually in school to lead to positive emotional development.

The Important Social Aspects of Child Development

It is important that children develop their emotions and feelings within specific contexts. That is why social aspects of child development are so important. Learning to interact with other children and adults in different situations is a necessary part of growing up as a healthy social being. For instance, the greater variety of social situations a child is exposed to and allowed to adjust to, the more comfortable they will feel in future social situations. At the preschool age, social development involves have a fairly small circle of friends and learning to share with them. There will often be one person who is a child's "best friend." Preschool settings often allow for putting on plays and role playing that allow children to experiment and learn how to behave differently in different social situations.

Recognizing Social Anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder in Children

Some children who seem shy in new situations may suffer from social anxiety. Social anxiety in children is the fear that they will do something to embarrass themselves or be laughed at. It can affect their life at school and their social life. They may be afraid to talk to the teacher or other authority figure, or they may feel that others are smarter or more competent than they are. In many cases some assurance from the parents as well as some role playing can be of assistance. When this gets to more of an extreme situation, however, it is known as social anxiety disorder. Children with this disorder often require more of an intervention as it affects all areas of their lives. Often their school marks get lower and they don't want to spend time with others outside the family. One part of this disorder is environmental and the other is hereditary. There is usually an embarrassing situation that may have triggered the fear. The child worries that if the embarrassment could happen once, it could happen again. Often one of the parents suffers from anxiety.