While it is easy to see the educational benefits of Romp n’ Roll classes for preschoolers and toddlers, it may be difficult to see that infants are learning anything of importance in their classes. Of course, these classes constitute an enjoyable out-of-the-house experience for both parent and child, but is the baby really acquiring any significant knowledge and skill? Read more
An interesting concept in developmental psychology of which parents should be aware is the “goodness-of-fit” model. It indicates that an effective match between a child’s temperament and the practices of her parents prevents emotional distress and produces optimal mental health. Read more
My all-time favorite study in the field of developmental psychology is the visual cliff. Depth perception is such an important part of survival that it might be programmed into our DNA. After all, our ancestors who walked off the edge of a cliff didn’t get to reproduce very much. So researchers wanted to see if babies already demonstrated depth perception when they started crawling around in the latter part of the first year.
Parents of preschoolers often get upset or frustrated when their little one can’t do certain tasks. The behavior of infants and toddlers is so different from that of adults that not much is expected of them. But three, four, and five-year-olds are clearly capable of thinking, so why is it that there are many times when it is evident that they are not thinking clearly? Read more
Back in the old days, when a young child uttered a “dirty” word, he was likely to suffer the rather unpleasant consequence of having his mouth washed out with soap. While I hesitate to criticize the practices of previous generations, it is clear that this was inappropriate and often counterproductive. Read more
A while ago I was surreptitiously observing a three-year-old boy intently pursuing an art project at the little table in his room. Suddenly he sat up, smiled broadly, and exclaimed, “I’m doing a good job!” He then eagerly and enthusiastically resumed his activity. Read more
Babies don’t come with instruction manuals. So how are you supposed to know what to do? Well, I’m sure that many people have told you not to worry. It’s instinctive. You will just naturally know what to do. Have you noticed how wrong they are? Are there many times when you really don’t have a clue? Read more
I never cease to be amazed at how smart kids can be. Something that particularly impresses me is how much progress they make in language development all on their own through what is called “fast mapping.” Read more
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