Social Birth- 1 Year • In the early

SocialBirth- 1 Year• In the early stages leading up to 3 months old the baby will feel happy, calm and secure as it develops an attachment to its Mother.• Between the ages of 3-6 months old the baby will react positively to familiar situations such as cuddling and feeding times.• The baby’s social skills will develop into a friendly relationship with strangers on most occasions as it reaches 6 months old. • As it approaches its first birthday, the baby begins to copy facial expressions.• At the same point the baby will begin to act strange towards less familiar faces and develop a clingy relationship to more familiar adults.1-3 yearBy the time the child gets to 3 years old:• It will be able to feed itself using kitchen utensils and drink from a cup.• Will play contently near other children but rarely with them.• Becomes selfish and possessive when others try to take what belongs to them.• Will copy adults performing household chores such as sweeping the floor or wiping surfaces.• Can undress without assistance.4-7 yearBy the time the child gets to 7 years old it is expected that:• The child will share toys and possessions with others.• Become more social as the take part in complex play using their imagination.• Develops relationships with other children to the point they have a “best friend”.• Is able to tidy them as well as get dressed and undressed easily.• Still shows signs of being cheeky and disobedient to adults.8-12 yearChildren in this age bracket develop socially by:• Starting to separate from their parents and exhibit signs of independence.• Developing an understanding of self-awareness with a sense of what is right and wrong.• Showing signs of understanding what the future holds such as school exams, transition from primary to post primary education etc.• Demonstrating a growing desire to be liked by all their peers.• Focusing more attention to friendships and teamwork.13-19 yearThrough adolescence young people become more social aware by:• Becoming more independent from the family by spending most of their time with their peers• Forming their own identity by exploring subcultures through music, clothing, hobbies and body image such as hair styles and tattoos.• Trying to push the limits in their home life and at school by rebelling against the rules.• Looking at other adults who are not their parents as role models as they see these adults as friendlier than the parents who are “trying to control their life”.• Troubled youths may act out to express emotional pain by engaging in anti-social activities.


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