Understanding Temperament

1. Temperament refers to a child’s basic orientation to emotion, attention, motor activity and arousal as well as the child’s basic ability to modify these orientations.


2. Temperament is an underlying part of any child’s personality and therefore influences how a child learns, reacts to danger, opportunities, challenges, new experiences, etc….


3. A large part of a child’s temperament is due to her or his genetic inheritance.


4. But the manner in which a child is parented modifies a child’s basic temperament and teaches the child how to manage her or his basic orientations.


5. The younger a child is the more prominent her or his temperament style will be because the child has had little modifying experiences i.e. learning and parenting.


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