A well-intentioned, but meddling, relative comes to visit the weekend before your child's first birthday, in April. She cautions you that you must be spoiling the child, because he hides behind your leg and clings to you when she tries to give him a hug, and he did not do this when she visited at New Year's. How will you explain what is happening with your child?
I would have to make the Aunt aware that it has been four months since you were here to visit, and spend time with the child. Therefore the child is going to cling to me because he does not know or see you on an everyday basis. He is not sure of you and is not ready to approach you yet. He has a guard up, and it will take some time for him to get use to you again. Erikson believed that “securely attached children approach life with a sense of basic trust, and that lifelong attitude of trust rather than fear flows from children’s interactions with sensitive and loving caregivers”, and hope the Aunt understands were you are coming from by making that clear to her (Myers, 2009).
Your three-year old constantly drives you nuts with attention-seeking behaviors while you are on the phone.
According to Callaghan, Sabbagh & others, it is theory of mind. Once a child has learned to understand your viewpoint, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors they seem to take what they have learned to use it against you. If a child feels it is not getting enough attention, whether you’re on the phone, washing dishes or cleaning house. The child will act out in a way to get your attention, so you will stop what you are doing. Therefore in most case scenarios the child will win your attention, because you are going to stop what you are doing to address the problem the child is having (Myers, 2009).
Your infant daughter puts everything in her mouth, including the dog's food.
In Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development, this would be sensorimoter. Where newborns to age two experience the world through senses and actions, this is where looking, hearing, touching, mouthing, and grasping come into play and how newborns to toddlers learn what is around them. As aggravating as this stage is, in a child’s life it is a key developmental stage. Putting toys and other household objects in their mouth lets them discover the taste and texture of different objects. It also could be a sign that your child is sta