The Healthy and Active Child

Introduction

Health strategies ensure consistency in the growth and development of children. The aforementioned techniques inherently initiate formidable lines of activities in kids. However, it is important to point out that monitoring the wellbeing of children at a tender age is paramount. This analogy is bolstered by the demerits arising from third parties’ involvement in the respective children’s association and care. Early childhood development entails both internal and external evaluation of all situations surrounding children. This essay focuses on pre-school education and care, and early primary education in relation to the physical and physiological security of the child.

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Child’s Development and Safety

Firstly, pedagogical studies on children’s education point out several aspects of real life practices that are either useful or harmful in the growth of children in the long run. According to Barnett (2002) Early Childhood Education captures both formal and informal teaching and learning of little children up to the age of eight after birth (p.7). The child’s personality begins to develop during the pre-school learning that is majorly instituted by the parents. During this stage, children are safeguarded from sensitive information and practices that are harmful to him. This therefore means that social, physical, emotional security should be guaranteed to children in school. They should not be exposed to persons of bad character. In respect to the aforementioned aspects of personality development in children, it is imperative to take into consideration the limitations associated with this level of education.

This suggests that much attention to detail must be upheld to establish a significant positive personality development that seals all loopholes for possible negative outcomes in future. For this reason, therefore, parents are considered the first teachers of the kids hence the need to implement good parental practices.

Moreover, child development is a critical area that not only covers social and emotional aspects of life but also cognitive, physical, communication and language development (Marmot, Allen, Goldblatt, Boyce, McNeish & Grady, 2010, p.11). As parents, we expect successful growth and development in children that enable them achieve all their childhood dreams in future. Both cognitive behavioral learning and social cognitive learning are important for a child’s cognitive development. In the early childhood education, a teacher other than the real parents is introduced in the learning system of the child. At this stage, the child tends to imitate the new parent (teacher) who takes over from the main parents in the learning process of the child. This shows that the child is getting exposed to a new environment with new personalities. During such stages in learning, the child is capable of building commendable social network with a formidable behavior from the teacher. As far as the aforementioned analogy is concerned, parenting at any level is imperative in shaping the personality of the children thus children should be protected from interacting with strangers since they might be influenced by their bad behaviors

Complementary, the physical aspect of children’s growth and development ensures an observable consistency in the increase of size and weight against their ages. Child care studies reveal an attachment between the parenting style and the physical fitness of the children. In a nutshell, healthy and active children are attributed to good nurturing from the parents and caregivers. Barnett’s (2002) study hints that there is a close relationship between cognitive and physical aspects of child’s growth (p.8). The desire to be like his parents or any close associate may trigger unique feeding habits which later shapes the child’s future physique. In other words, the exposure given to children in distinct environments evoke different lifestyle feelings responsible for a child’s physical growth. In as much the parents and guardians provide quality and enough meals, they are obliged to evaluate and follow up on the feeding habits of the children.

Additionally, I explicitly realized that the communication and language development in children reflects directly in their future abilities in the same capacities. According to Marmot et al. (2010), active learning in a positive direction initiates good communication and language development in children (p.12). In this case, the parents play a major role in early language development and ways of communication. It is worth noting that proper communication skills help children associate with their colleagues at different levels such as playing grounds, church, home and at school. Most types of active learning involve physical participation of the kids in various activities such as playing with their parents among others. In the process of playing, the children tend to echo the style show by their parents and guardians during such activities. The aforementioned strategy leads to an adaptation whereby, the minds of the children assume that whatever actions and communication styles their parents practice are the best. Acquired communication skills and language shapes the personality of the child in future. It is therefore advisable for teachers to ensure the use of correct language in schools since children will adapt to the language they frequently use at their early age.

Lastly, the social and emotional setup of the child’s growth determines how they fit in the society and how they respond to stress. According work by Barnett (2002), a child develops an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as members of a family (p.9). This aspect is strengthened by continuous social interaction by his fellow children, parents, guardians and the society at large.

Therefore, the social setup in the child’s early growth and education helps them relate to others while working together on various occasions. The emotional aspect is important in creating self-confidence and ability to relate well even during extreme emotional stress. No future harm is imposed to a child who acquires relevant social skills and understands his or her emotions.

Conclusion

Bringing up a healthy and active child involves a combination of several aspects applicable in all genders. During the early stages of growth in children, their abilities on aspects such as emotional, physical, cognitive communication and language development are dependent on the distinct environments they are exposed to. Positive parenting skills ensure that children obtain the best at a young age and build up a formidable personality in future. It is therefore important for parents to institute learning in their children, force them to unlearn some ideas where necessary and help them relearn other vital information in their lives.

 

References

Barnett, W. S. (2002). Early childhood education. School reform proposals: The research evidence, 1-26.

Marmot, M., Allen, J., Goldblatt, P., Boyce, T., McNeish, D., & Grady, M. (2010). Fair society, healthy lives. The Marmot Review, 14.

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