Have you ever seen a child imitate a behavior they just observed? Or catch them trying something out they saw happen in their home, on TV or when they were in a public location? These small snapshots of a day in the life of a developing child can make anyone smile. However, they also give us first hand examples of just how impressionable young minds are.
Depending upon what professional you speak with, these imitation behaviors might be attributed to “Learning Theory,” or in some situations, “Script Theory.” Other family scientists call it “modeling” or attribute a child’s actions to something called “Symbolic Interaction.” But regardless of what this phenomenon is called, it’s real. It happens every day in the life of a parent and child. And, it’s way more powerful than you might sometimes think.
I wish I had a positive impact video to show you along side this particular clip. However, I think it does a pretty good job and getting the message across of my post today:
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