As adults, we do a lot throughout the day to make our lives consistent. From following a routine to maintaining a schedule, we try to incorporate little steps that add up to give us a constant overview of the day. You’ll find that this consistency helps us navigate tasks with ease and we’re able to give things our best shot. The same is true for young children as well. They need consistency just as much, if not more than us to learn, grow, and thrive.
What Consistency Does In Early Childhood
An oft-overlooked part of early development, consistency is what helps children develop a sense of security about their world. Research suggests that when children experience the same routine multiple times, their brain develops strong neural connections. This, in turn, helps them form healthy relationships based on trust. Children who have consistent childhood experiences also learn to respond to situations healthily because they know what to expect from the people around them.
Consistency In Parenting
Consistency in parenting is a crucial part of teaching children about discipline in a positive and nurturing manner. In early childhood, children believe the world around them is transactional, and they follow the example set by adults around them. It’s by emulating adults that children learn how to behave and also understand what is expected of them.
In such a setting, consistency in a parent’s behaviour and response is vital. When children know how their parents will respond, they learn rules much faster and are better able to regulate their behaviour well.
Consistency In Education
The same principle applies in early learning too. Research has found that to foster positive development, children need consistent routines and relationships in their educational spheres – this includes consistent interactions also. On Disney.BYJU’S Early Learn app, we maintain an extensive, consistent universe for all the characters the children come in contact with while learning with us. Every character, including the protagonists Jax and Jane, have a personality built around them, and they behave consistently as they lead children through engaging learning adventures.
Simple aspects like these are what lay a strong foundation for children as they learn and grow to be healthy, bright individuals!
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