by EnRichment Place Clinicians on 07/21/16
Many adults would be surprised at what children can comprehend. Though they understand most things from their own childlike point of view, they are not oblivious to what is going on around them. They absorb all of the information in their environment like sponges. As a result, they learn not only what adults choose to teach them but the unintentional lessons adults don't want them to know, as well.
They are learning how to make choices, how to handle difficult emotions, and how to demonstrate thoughtfulness and caring from the adults in their environment. Adults are teaching their children about lessons in forgiveness, financial responsibility, and social skills by what they allow their children to observe. Oh, and they are observing you at all times. It may seem that they are more interested in the video game and not really paying attention to your phone conversation. Or, they may appear to be engrossed in play and not paying attention to the disagreement you are having in the next room. However, they are always in tune to what is going on around them. Their innate curiosity will always take note of signs and signals that teach them how they are to feel and behave in situations. Kids are smarter than we think about emotional and behavioral cues, so take care to send the message you want them to learn.