Emotional And Social Competence Of A Young Child

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Social competence refers to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills that an individual needs for successful performance and adaptation in social settings. It’s the behavior, attitudes and understanding that support the development of good relationships and enable children and adults to be successful in tasks involving others. As a young child (preschooler) I had been curious about everything. I begin to show my independence and capabilities. I wanted to build blocks on my own; I wanted to cook in my play kitchen, be a mother to my dolls and I rode my bike. Piaget speaks of motor skills development in the preschool years. “At the same time that the gross motor skills are developing, children are progressing in their ability to…show more content…
Whatever I say or do was the only thing that mattered. “Egocentric thought is thinking that does not take into account the viewpoints of others” (Feldman, 2014, p. 210). Middle childhood serves as a plateau in development. It 's the period in development when you bring together the experiences gained from preschool and to prepare for the changes to happen in adolescence. During my middle childhood period having sufficient skill, knowledge and experiences evolved. This is one of the changes that took place from a preschooler preoperational thinking to a “concrete operational stage, which occurs between 7 and 12 years of age, is characterized by the active, and appropriate, use of logic” (Feldman, 2014, p. 278). My parents, educators and peers influenced my social competence. My parents and I were extremely close. They supported me positively in my emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. I grew up with three older female cousins. They were like my role models so to speak. I had to either keep up to their academic standards or exceeded it. No one told me that, but that 's how I viewed it. We were all like a role model for the community so to speak. People in the community looked up to my family (my mother and her sisters were all educators), therefore a certain behavior was expected of me and so I tried acting in such manner. Kohlberg’s theory of Moral development, Level 2: Stage 3, Convectional Morality: Interpersonal
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