Your kid gets it from you: Be aware – Part 1
Posted on: May 5, 2017. Comments ( 1 )

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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It is common for children to imitate their parents.

Kids are the mirror images of their parents.

Children gradually become more and more aware of the fact, as they grow up, that they become a man or a woman. So they will attempt to follow the footsteps of their parents they begin to observe how their parents are paying attention to their loved ones and friends, and how they display an appropriate attitude towards their work, household chores, and responsibilities. It is also endearing to watch them copy their parent’s way of dressing and style.

They learn to express various ways of human emotions from their parents, such as love, fear, anger, grief and happiness. Facial expressions are also well copied. We should remember that they are truly innocent. Rolling one’s eyes, a smug look, a cheeky grin, a sarcastic glance at things/situations/people do not go unnoticed by children. They will imitate such stances in their own dealings later on in life. Our kids’ behavior is often the replica of ours’ or our spouses’ because kids are great at imitating their parents.

Kids imitate because they want to be like their parents or older siblings. They look up at them as their role models, the perfect person in his eyes, and want very much to be like them when they grow up into adulthood. They want to learn to be the kind of parent that they can accept 20-30 years later in their lives.

Imitating parents is a not only just child’s play; it is from where they slowly come to realize their own identity as they grow. They gradually learn how to behave in front of strangers, talking to the public, treat their own parents (as how they treat the child’s grandparents), pick up conversational skills, attitudes towards their parents’ lifestyle, and their mannerisms at home.

Most children love to pretend–play at home. Naturally, they create a behavior in a certain way without realizing that they build the child’s personality, character, self confidence, and their abilities to manage the various responsibilities of day-to-day living.

At age two, a toddler is ready and eager to imitate his/her parents’ daily activities such as mopping the floor, sweeping the verandah, washing daddy’s car, talking on the phone, walking about with an adult’s slippers, carrying a shopping bay, eating meals, and any other interactive behaviors at home.

A little later on, when they’ve grown up as pre-primary school kids, they play by pretending to go to work, while carrying a bag denoting his/her father’s briefcase, cooking, washing laundry, sweeping the floor, taking care of a doll or teddy or a younger sibling and holding a class and performing a make – believe puja in their backyard or balcony.

Here girls differ widely from boys.

A little girl loves to pretend as Mommy, busy doing household chores, cooking with a kitchen boy set, washing clothes, scolding her dolls and caring for her so – called ‘kids’. Usually her ‘kids’ are a teddy bear or a doll or sometimes even a bolster.

A little boy pretends to be a ‘daddy’ role, getting up in the morning, stretching out with a big, noisy yawn, wash up and prepare to go to work, starting up his bike or driving a car, or playing a game of tennis.

Girls who are a little bit older will use their dolls or teddies to be their babies, feeding them, changing their clothes, bathing them and coaxing their ‘crying’ dolls to sleep. They dress up in mommy’s clothes, mimic their conversations and mannerisms, and especially in scolding their dolls much the same way as mothers or other siblings in the family scold them.

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    Senthamil Selvi C says:

    very informative and interesting

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