Your preschooler is growing up and forming his personality. Here’s how you can help your child develop emotional and social intelligence as well as generosity.
Engagement – kids, who are passionate about something, such as basketball, chess, writing short stories, playing a musical instrument, tend to protect their passion. Let them! Engaging themselves in something they love brings them joy and contentment. It helps build them their own space and personality giving them the opportunity to grow emotionally.
Happiness – the latest research shows us that happiness turns out to be less a result of luck and external circumstance, but a product of our own mental, emotional, and physical habits. Therefore create an environment that supports happiness for your kids.
Self Esteem – step one of helping your child build healthy self esteem is a positive relationship with you, which creates a solid core of self-love and stable internal happiness. Regardless of external events help him to actually accomplish things he can be proud of, whether it’s learning to turn on the light switch or bringing home a terrific report card.
Preschoolers are social creatures. They’re generally very interested in other kids and quick to notice and adopt social norms. They’re becoming more able to control themselves and more able to verbalize their feelings, opening up a host of options beyond hitting and screaming. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach them social habits that will support them throughout childhood.
Teach kids to negotiate peer relationships by talking with them about their friends and the social scene in general. If you start this in toddler hood and continue now, you’ll give them valuable emotional tools. They’ll be more open to talking with you about these issues when they’re in middle school.
We all want our children to be generous. But forcing someone to be generous just makes him resentful. Worse yet, it internalizes the sense that he must be a very bad boy indeed if he doesn’t want to share like a good boy. This is how we refer to children in our society. What we must understand is that generosity starts with a feeling of having plenty, and develops as we have experiences of making others happy by giving to them. Our job as parents is to help our kids to have those experiences.