Early Childhood Development

The Importance of Relationships at an Early Age

Early Childhood Development | January 31, 2016
Relationships at an Early Age

Your child’s brain develops at a faster rate from birth to age five then it does from age five and on. This is a critical time for physical and mental growth that blossoms from experiences and relationships established with their closest caregivers. The number one relationship a baby has is with their parents or guardians. Your child also builds essential relationships with other family members, like siblings and grandparents, and supplementary caregivers, like the teachers at The Gardner School or a similar preschool.

Early experiences with people frame the way children view the world: how they understand, communicate and behave, and how they portray emotions and socialize. The people they come into contact with the most affect all areas of their development.

Whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, or teacher, a warm and loving communication method will rapidly strengthen the relationship between you and a child. They will feel safe and secure and will begin to trust you. Through your behavior, this allows you to show them the best way to interact with others and deal with life’s challenges. Children learn how to conduct themselves by watching their closest caregivers act towards their spouses, family, friends, or coworkers. By displaying trusting relationships, you help them learn how to be a good, kind, and respectful person.

As children mature, provide opportunities for them to interact with others their age. Take them on play dates, join a club, or introduce them to a preschool. At The Gardner School, we have a rich learning environment with all types of children. This stimulates your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. They’ll behave as they’ve learned from you, but will further their own mental growth as they establish friendships with other kids and staff.

The importance of relationships at an early age is significant to learning, healthy habits, and behavior. These experiences and connections set the stage for your children to learn and grow on their own. If you set a good example and give them the chance to be with others, you should feel confident your children will mature into wonderful, upstanding people!