Community Art Counsellor and Occupational Therapist, Sarah Allen, explains the importance of emotional development for children.
Emotional development is vital in helping children grow into well adjusted adults. Being able to identify different feelings, express them (through words/pictures) and process the difficult emotions enables children to be healthy emotionally and psychologically.
Helping children find their voice and being able to have a conversation about how they are feeling with a safe adult means that they will feel happier, safer and more confident.
The importance of creating safe spaces for children’s emotional development
Our intern, Rutendo Mahowa, writes about the importance of creating safe spaces for children’s emotional development. This is even more important in the stressful times like we are facing now. She is a volunteer from the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP).
Growing up as a young woman in South Africa, I have encountered numerous counts of unsafe spaces; spaces that have opened my eyes to my vulnerability as a woman. This has made me realise the greater vulnerability that children may be exposed to and the responsibility that we, as adults living in these spaces, have in creating safer environments for our children to exist in. This only serves to grow them into prosocial adults of tomorrow.Rutendo Mahowa