How to Develop the Emotional Skills in the Early Childhood? - Child Education

How to Develop the Emotional Skills in the Early Childhood?

Every child born with positive emotions. The child learns to express his emotions from his early childhood by crying, smiling and seeing.  Respect the child emotions when he starts to show his feelings.  Let the child show his love and anger.   Parents should support the child to express his emotions in appreciates ways. Respect for child emotions for the development of positive behavior in children. 

What are the Emotions?

The term emotion is complex and difficult to define speedily.  There are many definitions are found in the literature but some important definitions are mentioned here.
The emotions are partially defined as a “means of evaluating the experience. The process of appraising is linked to a readiness to interact in certain ways with the environment”
(Arnold, 1960; Frijda, 1986).[1]
According to Peggy A. Thoits “Emotions involve: (a) appraisals of a situational stimulus or context, (b) changes in physiological or bodily sensations, (c) the free or inhibited display of expressive gestures, and (d) a cultural label applied to specific constellations of one or more of the first three Components”.[2]  Pamela M. Cole writes that” Emotions are a kind of radar and rapid response system, constructing and carrying meaning across the flow of experience. Emotions are the tools by which we appraise experience and prepare to act in situations”.[3]  
The emotions begin to develop in early childhood. The child starts to cry when he feels hunger. Preschool emotional expressions are quite complex. The child naturally knows his basic needs and can send an effective message by smiling and crying in early childhood. Emotions include interest, happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger pleasure, contempt, disgust, and self-worth.[4]

5 Tips to Develop Positive Emotional Skills in Early Childhood 


 Parents understand the child emotional expression in the preschool period. The parents are the first respondent and supporter of their children during the time of anxiety, pain, and distress. They know how they regulate children's emotions. 
Parents understand the child emotional needs. Provide opportunities to express the emotions in childhood. It is the parental responsibility to regulate the child’s emotions in the appropriate way. There are some tips which help the parents to develop the emotional skills in children.[6]

  •   Develop the Self- Respect

Self-respect relates to psychological well-being. Self- respect provides greater emotional resilience in childhood. The child must feel that he is most respectable and honorable at home. Give the value to your child and appreciate the child's work.  It is important to know that low self-respect may lead to developing negative emotional skills such as shame, guilt, regret, and blame.

  •  Build the Self- Concept

 The child begins to develop self-concept in early childhood. Self-concept is called how children view about themselves.  The child believes that he can complete his task and believe his abilities. He believes that he can achieve the goal.[7] The child repeatedly tries to complete his task. 

  • Provide the Positive Feedback

 Parents and teachers should provide positive feedback.  The positive feedback provides the emotional power to complete the educational task. It is important to understand that negative feedback or discouragement may lead to developing negative emotions in childhood.

  •  Provide the Toys for Play

 Children express their emotions during play. Toys provide pleasure and happiness in early childhood. Parents understating the child's emotions during play. The play also helps to regulate child emotions. The play is an important source to develop positive emotional values in childhood. Parents must provide the toys which should be simple hygienic and safe. Play with toys also helps to develop the motor, concentration and social skills.

  • Outdoor Trips and Visits

 Outdoor trips provide a lot of opportunities to express their emotions. Take some time to visit the garden, zoo and Public Park with your children. These trips provide pleasure and help the child to share the beautiful feelings with parents and friends.

  • Respect the Child Eating Habits and Interests

Parents should respect the child eating habits and interests. Mother can ask the child, what you like to eat. The child starts to express his feelings by telling his favorite food such as chicken, beef, and vegetable.  ,

  • Share Love 


 It is well documented that the family love has had great effects on emotional development. Parents should show their love for children verbally and substantively. The child should consider himself that he is the most beloved one at home. [8]

The positive emotional development plays an important role in the success of children. The parents and school provide the opportunities to develop emotional skills in a positive way. it is important to understand that every nations, religion, country, and society have own social and cultural values. The child emotional expression is embedded with those cultural and social values in which he lives.





[1] Pamela M. Cole, Sarah E. Martin, and Tracy A. Dennis, Emotion Regulation as a Scientific Construct: Methodological Challenges and Directions for Child Development Research, Child Development, March/April 2004. Volume 75, Number 2, Pages 317 – 333)
[2] Peggy A. Thoits, The Sociology of Emotions, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, Annu. Rev. Social. 1989. 15:317-42.
[3] Pamela M. Cole, Sarah E. Martin, and Tracy A. Dennis, Emotion Regulation as a Scientific Construct: Methodological Challenges and Directions for Child Development Research, Child Development, March/April 2004, Volume 75, Number 2, Pages 317 – 333.
[4]  Peggy A. Thoits, The Sociology of Emotions, Department of Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, Annu. Rev. Social. 1989. 15:317-42.
[5] Ganira Khavugwi Lilian 1 , Paul Amolo Odundo1, & Boniface Ngaruiya 1, effects of Emotional Needs on Participation of Children Aged 4-6 with Learning Disabilities In Early Childhood Centers in Starehe Division, Nairobi County, Kenya , Corresponding author: Department of Educational Communication and Technology, School of Education, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. E-mail: odundopaul@yahoo.com , Vol. 5, No. 3; 2015.
[6] Susanne A. DENHAM ,(Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture
of Their Brains, George Mason University, Department of Psychology, Fairfax, VA USA, 2007 Romanian Association for Cognitive Science.
[7] Viktor Gecas, the Self-Concept, Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 8 (1982), pp. 1-33.
 [8] Parent Education and Family Life. Child Development: The First Five Years, The University of the State of New York / the State Education Department Bureau of Continuing Education Curriculum Development/Albany.


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