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Study Finds Ways To Make Waiting Less Arduous For Toddlers

When toddlers have to wait, it is often difficult for them, as they can’t yet regulate their emotions. A new study has found that left to their own devices, children prefer activities that correspond to their temperament. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Child Development’. Toddlers were able to learn to distract themselves by observing a stranger and generalising the observed behaviour. When their mother wants to finish typing an email or their father is on the phone, toddlers can get restless very quickly: at this age, waiting is not something they are good at. How can parents teach their children to cope better with such waiting situations? This question was the starting point for the study that involved 96 toddlers aged two and their parents. A previous study had shown that children can learn through observation to distract themselves…

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