Transitional Objects Of A Child

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In this section we will discuss transitional objects and what role they play in the development of a child. A transitional object is a physical object that helps toddlers to transit emotionally from a stage of dependence to a stage of independence. The toddler thinks that the object is part of it, and this transition stage enables the toddler to realize that the mother is "not me" as well as separateness of other objects. These objects become vitally important to a toddler when going to sleep and as a defense during anxiety. A transitional object plays an important role in replacing the mother-child bond (Winnicott, 1953).

A toddler assumes rights over the transitional object and excitedly loves and cuddles it. It should not be changed
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Good mothering enables initial emotional development. Transitional objects enable the continuation of the emotional development by being the first instance of the initiation of a relationship between the toddler and the world (Wincott, 1953).

Observations of the earliest experiences of a healthy toddler are expressed by its relationship with its first possession which is always a transitional object. Transitional objects also belong to the realm of illusion which is the basis of initiating development. This stage is made possible by the capacity of a mother to let the toddler have the illusion that what it creates really exists (Winncott, 1953).
Between the age of six and eight years, a child goes through a lot of physical, motor, emotional and behavioral growth where different attitudes and values are developed. This age group is associated physical developments such as slower growth rates of about eight pounds and 2 and a half inches per year, more muscle growth and less fat development than in earlier years, and an increase in strength (National Childcare Accreditation Council, 2008).

A child also starts using gross and fine motor skills in sporting activities. Fine motor skills include using the small muscles that are found in the hands, arms, and fingers to use and control tools and materials. Gross motor skills involve controlling the head, trunk, legs, and arms. An early childhood professional
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