From eight to ten every Sunday morning for a month, I spent my time observing a classroom at my church that housed the one to two year olds. In the classroom I was in there were kids that had just had their first birthdays and some kids that were about to turn two. The difference between the kids who were just able to squeeze into the class from the ones that were on the verge of being able to go the "big kid" class was tremendous the majority of the time. While observing this group of toddlers I was able to see the differences in attachment, language, temperament, gender, and
Was it going to be screaming, kicking, and crying as the child was pried from their parent's arms or the exact opposite, was the toddler going to come into the room
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Separation anxiety is defined as a baby who becomes wary or fretful when separated from that parent (Sigelman & Rider, 2012, p. 457). This particular toddler saw a toy that he wanted to play with and went right to it, the parent on the other hand, stood in the door way waiting for that child to show some form of distress. The parent decided that the child, who was happy playing with the toy, would be better off with staying with them. This parent showed signs of separation anxiety that would be more common of a toddler. The attachments that are made as a young child can help shape their relationships as adults and can be a reflection of their temperament.
The way that toddlers react to events are genetically predisposed and is described as a child temperament, which are genetically based tendencies to respond in predicable ways to the events that serve as the building blocks of personality (Sigelman & Rider, 2012, p. 352). While observing and working with the toddlers I could only hope that they would be classified as having an easy temperament. A toddler with an easy temperament is one who is usually happy and open to new situations (Sigelman & Rider, 2012, p. 352). After observing the way that the toddlers reacted to their parents leaving them in our care I felt more confident that the children would be easy temperamental. Most of the toddlers, regardless of their age, came into the class,