Well, Do you really Know your Jack & Jill?? It is a common belief that if you spare the stick your brat will spoil!But my dear friend gone are the days when children were stereotyped to be perfect. Today’s generation is more designed to redefine levels of perfection. They are called “Neo- generation” and have a certain sense of pride and ownership attached to them from an early age .The way they comprehend things and their thought process is very different from ours.Hence, if you really want to peep into hearts of your loved ones it is pertinent that you know your Jack & Jill well.

They would not like to say ‘A’ for Apple but would rather read ‘A’ for Alpha. But they are our next generation and our dear children so it is time we took hold of the situation and mould our age old convictions to suit their out of box thinking. As proud parents it becomes impertinent for us to dwell upon the word “Child psychology “.It is one of the many branches of psychology and one of the most frequently studied specialty areas. This particular branch focuses on the mind and behavior of children from prenatal development through adolescence. Child psychology deals not only with how children grow physically, but with their mental, emotional and social development as well. This is the only way when you will really find a way to know your Jack & Jill.

Historically, children were often viewed simply as smaller versions of adults. Today, psychologists recognize that child psychology is unique and complex. Experts also differ in their responses to some of the important questions in child psychology- such as “Whether early experiences matter more than later ones or whether nature or nurture plays a greater role in certain aspects of development?”

Major contexts that we need to consider in our analysis of child psychology include:

• The Social Context: Relationships with peers and adults have an effect on how children think, learn and develop. Families, schools and peer groups all make up an important part of the social context.

• The Cultural Context: The culture a child lives in contributes a set of values, customs, shared assumptions and ways of living that influence development throughout the lifespan. Culture may play a role in how children relate to their parents, the type of education they receive and the type of child care that is provided.

• The Socioeconomic Context: Social class can also play a major role in child development. Socioeconomic status (often abbreviated as SES), is based upon a number of different factors including how much education people have, how much money they earn, the job they hold and where they live. Children raised in households with a high socioeconomic status tend to have greater access to opportunities, while those from households with lower socioeconomic status may have less access to such things as health care, quality nutrition and education. Such factors can have a major impact on child psychology.

All three of these contexts are constantly interacting. While a child may have fewer opportunities due to a low socioeconomic status, enriching social relationships and strong cultural ties may help correct this imbalance.

Important tips to build a good relationship with your child:

• Talk with your child –Find out what’s happening in his life. Be honest and open with him. He should talk about his problems or write them down.
• Do not burden them your problems. But,tell children about the family goals and discuss difficulties in a friendly manner. Compliment children when they do well and don’t forget hugs and kisses. They go a long way in building trust and security.
• Use humor to buffer bad feelings and situations. A child who learns to use humor himself will be able to keep things in perspective.
• Don’t overload your child with too many after-school activities and responsibilities. Let children learn to pace themselves. Don’t enroll them in every class that comes along and please don’s expect them to be best in everything. Remember “Jack of All is Master of None” !
• Set a good example. Demonstrate self-control and coping skills. He can benefit by seeing how you cope successfully with stress.

By understanding their psyche and following these simple tips we can definitely bring that million dollar smile to our precious little ones!!You can safely say – YES, I know my Jack & Jill!!

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