Emotional development

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  • Emotional Development
    • Ability to cope with feelings about themselves and others
    • Development of self-concept, self-esteem and confidence
    • Birth to 6 months
      • Babies will show feelings by 1 month old
      • At 3 months they show pleasure when given attention
    • 6 months to 1 year
      • At  6 months  babies can show distress when main carer leaves
      • By 9 months they show their likes and dislikes
      • May need a comfort toy/blanket to help cope with emotions
    • 1 to 2 years
      • By 12 months mood can change quickly
      • Still reliant on comfort toy and like reassurance from adults
      • At 18 months they can be easily frustrated
      • They alternate between being clingy and rejecting help
    • 2 to 3 years
      • By 2 years children can express feelings
        • But often have tantrums if misunderstood
      • Becoming more independent but may be clingy
      • At 2 and a half children may show jealousy
    • 3 to 5 years
      • By 3 they are developing a sense of morality
      • By 3 years they are able to understand and follow rules
      • Start to have best friends and show affection
      • By 4 years they show sensitivity and understand right from wrong
    • 5 to 7 years
      • By 5 years children show sympathy and start to understand fairness
      • By 6 years they start to compare themselves to friends and developing self -image
      • By 7 years they are more able to control feelings

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