Behavior of Young Children and Roles of Parents

One of the first things you need to understand about young children and their psychology is that kids do not understand social cues until they learn, often through observation and interaction. They do not yet know what the society considers to be okay and what is not acceptable. They will call poop what it is. If they notice that you get flustered by some of the things that they say or pay attention to, they will be more than happy to repeat them to you and explain them to you the way they see them. The same is true about many other acts and evens in the life of a child, such as throwing up, barfing or spitting.

For children, adults are weird because adults decide on some words being appropriate and some words being not okay, while children can’t really see, tell or understand the difference. Whenever you see your kids doing something, you need to understand that that’s how your children are trying to express themselves and communicate.

One of your goals in the game of parenting is to become comfortable with everyday descriptive and sometimes inappropriate child language and actions, no matter how tasteless all of it will sometimes seem to you.

As your child grows, you as a parent will need to start taking different duties upon yourself. While you may not like these duties, you need to understand that it is for both your and your child’s benefit that you learn them, take them upon yourself and perform them well.

A few of the roles you will have to pay are the roles of a positive role model, the role of a teacher, a friend, a listener, and a stern parent who can say no when a situation demands it.

All of these roles include being someone your kids look up to and try to emulate in their behavior. Often, you teach your children when you don’t try to teach them because your children will do not what you tell them to do but what you do in your life.

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