My 3-year-old son im­i­tates his friend of the same age, copy­ing all her ges­tures and ac­tions. — Why does he mimic her in this way and how can we put a stop to it?

Milk Magazine (English) - - ED­U­CA­TION -

Caro­line Khanafer, psy­chol­o­gist. Im­i­ta­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion en­able your child to build his per­son­al­ity and find his bear­ings out­side the home. At 3, he’s learn­ing to forge re­la­tion­ships; he’s also ex­pected to be a lit­tle more in­de­pen­dent. Some­times, in or­der to move for­ward, it’s sim­pler to do the same as some­body else, to gain con­fi­dence, be­fore dis­cov­er­ing things for one­self. Imi­tat­ing some­one also makes him won­der about what he him­self wants to do (What do I like do­ing?) and en­cour­ages his de­sire to be part of a group. But when not be­ing with his friend, or be­ing re­fused the same toy as her, up­sets him, then a par­ent should step in and tell the child: “There are also things that you like do­ing and you can share them with your play­mate or show her your favourite games.”

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