The imitation game

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“My child is so smart. He can sit all day long and watch television, allowing me to do all work. ” This is something we frequently hear from parents and how they take pride in that as well. 

And then, there’s the other side. When a child grows up a little and is constantly glued to video games, the same parents complain about their behavior. But aren’t they the ones responsible for molding their children that way? 

My childhood is incomplete without television shows like Shaktiman and Shakalaka Boom Boom. However I feel fortunate enough to have never felt like imitating them, but there were certain cases where children fell prey to such actions. Children jumped from buildings by the influence of Shaktiman. Hence comprehending the reach, that imitation can have on our children, is of paramount importance.

Netflix’s original “Babies” is a great show to understand when babies actually start to learn things. Now learning can be, either by imitation or teaching. 

Often, when kids are small, we do things in front of them, thinking that this won’t affect them. But it is really important to understand, that a child, in fact, is influenced by every possible thing. At that age, they don’t have the understanding of right or wrong, that is why it becomes all the more important to measure our actions around them. 

Imitation is a key part of their early interactions because it allows children to coordinate actions with another person. They learn that others are “like them”.

You need to act as a positive role model for children, as they try to copy your behaviour, so you need to take efforts to show positive behaviour at all times, when around them.

‘Through others we become ourselves’ said by psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky, indeed hints at the exact notion, why children imitate. And as adults, we clearly know, that some habits, if not quite at the right time, can indeed last forever. 

Photo credit: Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

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