45. Quotes: Your Dad on Children as Explorers

by jfjudah

“Children enter the world and immediately take up their role as ‘exploring affectors.’ They both explore and affect their environment unceasingly, and it is up to parents to encourage their children in each stage of development. They should invite the toddler into wonder and amazement at the world around them, offering explanations where they exist, offering to explore with them when they don’t, and lavishing praise for both the child’s curiosity and competency. They should talk with the child in upbeat, positive tones; there will be plenty of opportunity for firm or discouraging tones soon enough.”

—Your Dad, Child Psychology Paper, Training Children: Ages One Through Four