Evaluate your child for each of the temperament traits listed below. Celebrate your
child's strengths and plan some strategies to help them with their challenges.
Consider your own temperament traits too.
Temperament is a collection of inborn traits that a child is born with. Temperament remains fairly constant throughout one's life. Although life experiences, coping skills, and culture do influence temperament. Each Temperament Type has strengths and challenges.
Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences is useful for parents and educators to better tailor education to all children. Yet it can be easy to use the theory to label children and not provide opportunities for growth. Understanding how to best use this theory can be useful.
Fostering each type of intelligences can be very simple. The same basic toddler and preschool concepts can be taught through each intelligence using similar materials. Introducing activities from each intelligence that supports the same concept will reinforce the concept and allow for deeper understanding.
My first born has a tendency to be by shy and cautious with every new situation, even to the point of having a mild anxiety if I gave him too much notice about a new experience. During my career at Wondertree Kids, I have met many, many children who are shy or “slow to warm up,” meaning they are uneasy or cautious in new situations or with unfamiliar people. As a baby, my son didn’t like being held by just anyone; he wanted to be cuddled by only a few special, trusted people. As a toddler, he would often stay on the “sidelines” for a while, watching what others are doing until he felt comfortable enough to join in. They were many difficult transitions that brought tears to both of us, first day of preschool, first day of kindergarten, first day of camp, a doctor’s appointment, a party, a new class. I would have to navigate each situation very cautiously as to not to upset him.
There are several areas of fine
motor development that work
together to allow a child to
master fine motor skills.
Understanding how these areas
work together and how to
encourage fine motor skills can
help a parent to better recognize
and address any concerns.