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The most important point of social life is that we have other people around us and we communicate with them. What is the most important factor that makes it easier for us to communicate with them? Of course, our ability to understand their emotions, feelings and needs, our empathy!
This skill, which manifests itself after the first four months in infants, enables people to socialize and communicate easily. Although we observe the most concrete aspect of this situation in infants, the empathy skill becomes more abstract as children grow up. For example, when you smile at babies, they understand that you are smiling and respond to you; this is the most primitive and simple form of empathy. As children grow up, they show us their empathy skills in more abstract forms. For example, if you cry in front of a 3-year-old child, or if you feel sorry, he can bring you his favorite toy or blanket, because when he is upset he finds solace with that toy or that blanket, and he believes that you can find solace with them. Bringing your toy to you is the clearest example of understanding your emotions and trying to analyze your feelings through empathy.
If you want your child to adapt more easily than their peers to social life, you need to teach your child to be more sensitive to what people feel. The best way to tell children about people's feelings is to give them the opportunity to recognize different emotions and expressions.
What can you do?
• Create emotion cards. Emotion cards, which is a method used especially by kindergarten educators, play a very important role in children's recognition of various emotions. At the end of the article, you can show different emotions to your child by showing the emotion cards prepared as you see them. You can also encourage your child to emulate the cards you show and let him experience different expressions.
• Discuss the characters' expressions with your child while watching television. Talk about which character is experiencing which emotion and try to find out the cause of this emotion by establishing cause-effect relationships with your child.
• Try to understand the feelings of the heroes in the story while reading books to your child. Examine and discuss these feelings and expressions with your child.
What this activity brings to your child !!!
• Your child will be both more conscious and more comfortable when talking about feelings.
• Language development will be strengthened and expression skills will be improved.
• Communicate with other people more easily and understand them in a much shorter time.