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As with all other learning areas, different children will progress in different moments. In general, most children are interested in other people and even young babies will observe the faces of people with great interest.

As they grow up, young children are especially interested in other children and their play, but they only begin to play cooperatively when they are preschool children. Before this, children can play side by side or in the same area, but be very absorbed in their own game.

As socio-emotional learning progresses, children learn to play cooperatively and then begin to develop a narrative for their game, sharing ideas and negotiating about what is next. As far as emotional development is concerned, to some extent it will be based on the natural temperament of your child.

Competencies and Individual Traits

Even from the earliest stage, babies have their own individual competencies and traits. Temperament is a set of innate traits that organize the child’s approach to the world; they are part of the development of the personality. Temperament is not necessarily good or bad in itself.

For example, being energetic is neither good nor bad in itself, but it can look as good or bad depending on how it is channeled. Working with children’s temperament is important when emotional skills are developed, some children have ‘bigger’ emotions or ‘deeper’ feelings than others, and these can be harder for children to manage.

These children with deep feelings may take longer to develop strategies to manage their behavior as a result of these emotions, but it is also likely that these children will become passionate and empathetic, so it is important not to suppress their feelings and instead work to find strategies for expressing them appropriately.