EMOTIONS: A GENUINE EXPLORATION OF SELF AND OTHERS
Through different kinds of play, the child forges his identity, sets boundaries between others and himself, and begins to recognize his qualities and shortcomings. His uniqueness places him in situations where he has to make choices. Often, these choices are guided by emotions. If the child especially likes a friend or an exercise, he will choose to be with that friend or do the exercise. On the other hand, if the child has no affinity with someone or he dislikes sliding, for example, he will avoid that person or activity. Emotions are natural.
Emotions are especially appreciated when they evoke happiness, and much less so when they summon sadness or anger. One thing is certain: children experience a range of emotions when they play! First, children feel an emotion. Then, they learn to identify It. After that, they must manage it, which is not always easy to do. Since managing emotions involves expressing them, the child communicates his enthusiasm, disappointment and any other emotion to his peers. He must learn to convey them in a way that is not detrimental to the game, others or himself. This is an active self-learning process that will benefit the child throughout his life. Indeed, the thought process behind the expression of emotions is very useful to anyone who wishes to build harmonious, long-lasting relationships. The intelligent management of emotions encourages healthy communication and pleasant interpersonal relationships. The child experiences emotions on a daily basis, particularly during play. He quickly learns that self-control has its place and that a healthy dose of genuine affirmation fosters happy feelings.