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Saturday, January 5, 2008

It’s an inevitable fact about children - they like to imitate what others do. This is something you can’t stop, and you should not try either. Imitation is an important part of children’s early learning skills. It’s actually another “humans see, humans do” thing.

You see, human beings are hard-wired to learn through imitation. It is written in your biological make-up, in your brains. You have the so-called “mirror neurons” that ensure you learn by observing alone. This is yet another equipment for survival that you are born with. As thus, you don’t have to teach your child to imitate, for he is born to do so.

So how does learning through imitation contribute to a person’s survival? Imitation is found to play a crucial role in the process by which you learn to tie your shoelace, to feed yourself, or to follow complex dance steps. The mirror neurons that are behind the process of imitation are also responsible for an important human emotion — empathy. It is through this natural human emotion that people learn to care for each other and to survive as a civilization.

More so, nature uses this type of learning to convey culture. Imitation contributes to the natural bequeathal of the tradition of music and sports from one generation to another.

But as crucial and necessary a learning tool as it is, it can also be gravely dangerous. You must ensure that your child, in his vulnerable state, is not exposed to undesirable models to imitate. You may already have noticed how children like ‘pretend play’, which is yet another manifestation of the process of imitation.

Make sure that it is all healthy play for your child. Provide him with the right stimulation. Capture his interest with miniature adult items as children are always wont to imitate adult acts. Go ahead and give your child one of those charming children’s rocking chairs and watch him imitate Grandma read a book while propped up comfortably on her seat.

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