You always want your children to be happy. Of course, who doesn’t? But sometimes, you cannot help wondering if your child is really doing fine under your care.
How to detect emotional development problems
In infants, resisting their parent’s attempts to soothe them and inability to calm down are signs of emotional difficulty. Toddlers with emotional development problems are very irritable and often have tantrums. They don’t want to be separated from their parents, and they get very upset when it happens. For children of preschool age with emotional problems, they display shyness in new or different situations, hurt themselves and other people on purpose, and have low self-esteem.
What are the signs of emotional development problems?
If your child shows most of the difficulties associated with poor emotional development, then your child needs your understanding and help in coping with the difficulties. Definitely, you don’t want to see your child suffering for a long time. Here are some things you can do to guide your child through his or her emotional struggle.
- Practice daily routines at home so that your child feels secure, knowing that the world is predictable. For example, have your child eat dinner at a certain hour every night. Or you can tuck him to bed after he drinks his milk. As a result, your child will learn to trust you, knowing that you will always be there to meet his or her needs.
- Spend some quality time with your child. Bonding with your child by reading him story books before bedtime, watching TV together, and going for a walk in the park.
- Help and allow your child to recognize his feelings. If your child is angry or frustrated, try not to get mad. Always let your child know that you understand his feelings.
Children with good emotional health are likely to do better in school and have good family relationships than those with emotional problems. When children with poor emotional health reach adulthood, they are likely to have poor relationships with their own families and develop mental problems, as well as serious diseases.