Understanding Your Child’s Personality

 In Child care, Children activities, Early Learning, Parents, Parents Activity
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One of the biggest fears for parents is the idea that their child behaviour is not ‘normal”. While ultimately there is no such thing as normal, we swallow this myth completely because we are human.

We are conditioned to judge ourselves and our behaviours and we do it with our children as well.

Coming to terms with the idiosyncrasies and complexities of your child can be both a painful and joyous exercise. It is all about how you look at it.

 

Nature vs. Nurture

From the moment our child is born, or even before that, we are swamped with opinions, both our own and those of others, about what kind of child they are. Quiet, calm, quirky, loud, it all seems pre-destined somehow.

But while there are certain qualities that may have presented with consistency, keep an open mind, and give them room to surprise you.

Staying grounded and open in the face of behaviours that you are not familiar with, will give you the chance to get really to know your child.

You can then add balance their emotional world by offering experiences which suit their temperament.  

 

The Spectrum of Child Temperaments

It’s not an exact science. But children often present closer to one or the other of the following modes of response to the world.

  1. High vs. Low-Intensity Reactor

Some children express their responses to the world more intensely than others.

High-intensity reactors may express joy by shouting and squealing, and frustration by throwing and hitting. Low-intensity reactors will indicate only subtly a change in mood, are solid sleepers, and less fussy in their choices.

 

  1. Active vs. Content

Was your child trying to break out of the bassinet as soon as they could move? Or were they happy to snuggle into a baby sling and watch the world go by?

These baby behaviours are often indicators of your child’s activity intensity, and will continue to play out as they grow.

 

  1. Socially Outgoing vs. Introspective

Some children will talk to anyone while others like to get to know a new face before they open. Both responses are completely normal, and needn’t be any cause for concern. Outgoing children are often drawn to leadership roles and the generation of new ideas, while introspective children develop strong listening skills and empathy.

 

  1. Pragmatic vs. Abstract Thinkers

Some children like things to be in order and routines to be repeated. They approach the world with a strong sense of practical resolve and are adept at following instructions and completing tasks. Other children may seem in a dream world, forgetting shoes, bags, and names, while noticing the fine details of a picture or remembering tiny details from their very early childhood.

Other children may seem in a dream world, forgetting shoes, bags, and names, while noticing the fine details of a picture or remembering tiny details from their very early childhood.

Other children may seem in a dream world, forgetting shoes, bags, and names, while noticing the fine details of a picture or remembering tiny details from their very early childhood.

 

Complexity

The categories listed here are just some of the infinite possible places your child may be on the spectrum of human emotions.  These can change over time or even from day to day. Understanding where your child is emotionally at each stage of their lives will help you understand how to nourish and support them, keeping your relationship strong and open as they grow. At

Understanding where your child is emotionally at each stage of their lives will help you understand how to nourish and support them, keeping your relationship strong and open as they grow. At

At Hamersley Early Learning we understand children are complex, and that’s why we tailor our learning programs to meet your child’s needs.

If you would like to talk to a child care educator about early childhood behaviour, enrolments, or for any other queries, Contact us today.