Understanding Early Childhood Development
When your toddler is emptying out your cupboards, mixing her water into her cereal or climbing up the towel railing, you might get really irritated (read: enraged).
This is why it’s so helpful to get some basic concepts of developmental stages into our parenting repertoire! It will help us to see their behavior for what it really is, and not project onto them some devilish motivation to ruin our laundry and destroy the carpet.
Understanding Schemas, as explained in the video above, helps us to see that our children are interested in exploring certain themes that are developmentally vital, and they’re simply using the materials at hand to make those explorations. Instead of forbidding an activity, punishing or distracting – we can creatively find ways for our children’s learning needs to be met whilst also protecting the baby (cat, rugs, our sanity…).