Top Ways to Nurture Social and Emotional Development with Your Toddler
Fostering Self-Control and Confidence Through Early Friendships
“No,” Said every two-year-old, ever.
The ‘Terrible Twos’ really don’t have to be so terrible. Engaging your toddler in a safe, constructive, active, and disciplined environment can strengthen focus and encourage cooperation. With a sense of security, particularly with a parent by their side at a very young age, toddlers are more likely to interact with an environment with confidence. Confidence also tends to eradicate emotions such as fear or shyness that may ultimately prevent toddlers from strengthening their social and emotional skills.
Organized, structured sports offer toddlers with the chance to practice their very first social interactions in an unfamiliar group and environment.
Think about it, most toddlers spend a majority of their early life with parents or siblings. Additionally, many toddlers typically don’t participate in organized activities until they are enrolled in preschool. Sports challenge toddlers both physically and mentally while targeting key emotional development milestones such as balancing independence with family identity, establishing early impulse control, exploring personal limits and understanding environmental boundaries.
Why not give your toddler the opportunity to get ahead and build a foundation for the social skills and emotional experiences that will be carried with them throughout their entire life? The sport of judo teaches core values such as respect, perseverance, confidence, and discipline through social interactions, personal growth, practice, and athletic challenges.