Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 1, Lesson 2
Knowledge of Developmental Theories Influence on Interactions with Children
Each theory provides beneficial information in understanding why children behave, grow, and learn as they do. Parents and caregivers should determine their own theory about how children learn and develop. Theories can assist in making decisions about the care of young children and provide guidance to parents and caregivers. Having a clear idea of one's own beliefs can lead to consistent parenting and caregiving. The parents or caregivers' decisions about dealing with specific situations will depend on their own personal theory about child development. Decisions will be made consistently and specifically and useful strategies can be used depending on one's own theoretical perspectives. A working knowledge of how children develop and learn helps to provide children with the conditions in which to lead happy fulfilled lives.
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