This cute little boy is curiously playing in front of the mirror.
Kids love to play in front of the mirror. When we are young, we usually see our selves facing it and curiously asking why the reflection looks like us. Just like this cute little boy who was seen curiously staring himself at a big mirror inside the mall.
As you can see in the clip, this little angel was staring at her reflection in the mirror. Later, he went at the back of the mirror that looks like he’s checking something behind it.
Probably, he is curious if who’s the reflection or if there’s a kid at the back of the mirror that looks like him. But one thing is for sure, he looks so curiously cute!
According to studies, children can reliably recognize themselves in a mirror at around the age of 18 months and most of the toddlers are able to understand this concept by the age of 2 years old.
Dr. Ginni Mansberg, author and resident doctor on Channel 7’s Sunrise program explained that while there are developmental benefits of mirror play parents should just take the time to enjoy the way their babies and toddlers interact with reflective surfaces.
“Watching a toddler look at themselves is just a lovely thing for you to do. Doing it with them makes it fun, interactive and can provide an opportunity for unstructured play. Unstructured play is categorized as play with no specific learning objective and its benefits can include protecting children from the effects of stress and, importantly, allowing parents to engage fully with their children,” she said.
Parents love to play with their kids in front of the mirror but this isn’t really games at all. This is just an opportunity to laugh with one another, trying to make funny faces and encouraging the child to imitate them.
“Mirror play is a great way to get kids to engage by themselves away from a device,” says Dr. Ginni.
Dr. Suzy Green, Clinical and Coaching Psychologist, and the founder of The Positivity Institute said that playing in front of a mirror helps with the development of self-awareness, something that is rare in the animal world.
“Monkeys, apes, dolphins, and elephants are the only other animals that have self-awareness,” she said.
“Research also suggests mirror play can aid reading ability and build motor skills as they observe themselves,” she added.
Dr. Ginni stressed that aside from the fun, the most important aspect of this is the interaction that will help the child’s development.
“The biggest thing is that you’re spending time playing with your child in an unstructured way.”
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Posted by Vincent Pouliot on Sunday, June 17, 2018
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