The foundation for child development is good relationships with parents and other persons in constant touch with them. The way they relate to these persons affect all stages and areas of the child’s development. This is mainly due to relationships being the “experiences” they have at the very beginning of their life. These relationships are the most important experience they get; it will hence shape the way they perceive the world.
How it affects
So how do these relationships affect the kids? Through the nature of that, the child will understand if the world is a safe and secure place, or a dangerous and unsafe place. They will know if they are loved and cherished, or despised and unloved. This is the way they find out what happens when they cry, make a face or laugh. Accordingly, they will react to what you do as well. For example, every time they cry, if you offer them candy, in no time they will learn to cry for even the smallest thing. Not only the relationship they have with the adults, they also learn things by watching you with other people and the relationships thereof. How mummy and daddy behave towards each other and how mummy treats the kid’s teacher, etc. can be lodged in their minds forever.
How it contributes to the adult years
This learning is the foundation for the growth and expansion of the kid’s behaviour, communication, social and further skills. However, remember that, the most important relationship your child has is with you. In addition, the relations they have with their close associates is also important, such as with other family members – siblings and/ or grandparents- their carers, counting in the early childhood educators at the day care centers or kindergarten and other kids at these places. Remember to choose a good, reputed centre to take care of the kids as it is imperative that they have a positive relationship with the carers and teachers. You may want to look up some good ones and reserve them in advance as they might have only limited spots.
Playing as a development activity
Playing is fun for kids. It gives them a chance to discover, experiment, witness and solve problems as well as learn from their mistakes. To do this, they will need your support and encouragement. Although it is not prudent to “do things for them”, rather it is better to leave things for them to do and you just help. You will have to discover that sweet spot of balance where you help them and letting them try and do things on their own. Finding out themselves how things are done is a big part of their early childhood development.
Ample time spent on talking to them, listening to them and playing with them, as well as interacting with them helps the kids learn the required skills for life such as communicating, solving problems, thinking, moving and dealing with other children.