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Emotional Development: 12 to 18 months

Emotional Development means developing a full range of emotions, from sad to happy to angry, and learning to handle them appropriately. This leads to deeper qualities – sympathy, caring, resilience, self-esteem, assertiveness and being able to rise to life's challenges.

Emerging Skills
  • Enjoy consistency and knowing what comes next
  • Be resistant to change
  • Express appropriate emotions
  • Actively seek comfort in a person or object when distressed

  • Comfort

    Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, babies will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.

    Parents Can:
  • Provide a safe environment to explore
  • Encourage their baby to explore his surroundings (for example, allow your baby to get into cupboards, ensuring that the contents pose no harm)
  • Child Will:
  • Explore his environment in a self-directed way
  • Develop confidence in deciding what objects to play with

  • Parents Can:
  • Give their baby many opportunities to feel successful. For example, play a game that he has initiated or allow him to feed himself
  • Child Will:
  • Develop a sense of competence and a feeling that he can influence others
  • Feel secure enough to explore his environment

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide praise and encouragement
  • Child Will:
  • Develop a positive sense of self
  • Feel loved and valued
  • Discover how to have an effect on people and things
  • Respond to your reactions

  • Play

    Through opportunities for play, babies will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while learning about themselves and others.

    Parents Can:
  • Explore feelings through stories or songs while they play with teddies and other toys
  • Child Will:
  • Respond to your words, stories and songs
  • Express emotion in response to what she sees or hears
  • Try to mimic some of the actions she sees you doing

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide their baby with the chance to play with them everyday
  • Child Will:
  • Look forward to this time with you
  • Express her feelings about the activities you two are involved in

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide opportunities for their baby to play on his own
  • Child Will:
  • Learn to be self-reliant for small periods of time
  • Learn to solve small problems or deal with minor frustrations on his own
  • Develop confidence in his abilities

  • Teach

    Through routines and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, babies can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.

    Parents Can:
  • Teach their baby simple words to express her feelings
  • Child Will:
  • Learn to connect how she feels to words
  • Respond to you when you label her emotions

  • Parents Can:
  • Inform their baby when a routine will be different, or tell her in advance what will happen
  • Begin to leave their baby with another familiar caregiver (have visits with the caregiver before, if possible)
  • Child Will:
  • Become better prepared to deal with separation
  • Exhibit less anxiety over time
  • Seek comfort from the familiar caregiver with whom you are leaving her

  • Social Development: 12 to 18 months
    Intellectual Development: 12 to 18 months
    Intellectual Development - Language: 12 to 18 months
    Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 12 to 18 months

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