ificant role in a child, since it determines one’s perception of self, that is, intrapersonal role of emotions, and how one perceives of and relates with others, hence the interpersonal dimension (Siegler, DeLoache, & Eisenberg, 2011). Anger is one such notable sensation, whose effective management equips a child with the ability to develop in an emotionally healthy state, while forming and sustaining productive interpersonal relations. Anger, which is a potent adaptive emotion, undergoes momentous progress during the toddler phase of development (Razza, Martin, & Brooks-Gunn, 2012). Arousal of anger in this development stage, which occurs between 24 and 36 months, is primarily attributable to social conditions that trigger or perpetuate frustration or pose a threat to the toddler. Key among these social or affective aspects is the behaviour portrayed and reinforced by parents or guardians, as this paper explores further. It is, therefore, plausible to argue that sensitive parenting as opposed to harsh upbringing plays a significant role in facilitating anger control in toddlers hence guaranteeing healthy emotional development.
According to Razza et al. (2012), social-emotional development is characterized by several aspects key among them being progressive recognition of ability. The latter implies that a child gradually develops the understanding of his or her ability to influence immediate physical and social environs. Emotional development is also discernible from a child’s capacity to communicate certain feelings through gestures, sounds, movements or facial expressions. At a relatively advanced stage of emotional development, approximately 36 months, a child is able to empathize with others albeit at a limited capacity. At such a phase, the toddler could also wield the ability to control or manage basic emotions and impulses with an adult’s help. Other factors that denote a toddler’s emotional development include improved capacity to react to social ...Show more