Observing Harry: Child Development and Learning 0-5

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4 Listening to Harry Harry's
personal, social and
emotional development

what kind of interpersonal world or worlds does the
infant create?

(Stern 1985: 3)

In this chapter, we are trying to build up a picture of the emotional world Harry creates for himself. The chapter is divided into sections:
How Harry communicates his needs and preferences as a baby
Harry's developing relationships with others
How Harry copes with the separation of his parents
How we help Harry rise to the challenge of moving house, starting nursery and developing new routines
Strategies Harry develops for dealing with change and transitions

How Harry communicates his needs as a baby

As we see in Chapter 1, Harry is a very determined little boy. He is able, even as a baby, to communicate his needs and desires. His mum says, [We did not set ourselves up to fail. We would only insist on something with Harry when it was absolutely necessary]. She explains that it is [better for everyone involved] if they are not constantly getting into power struggles, which involve winning and losing. From Harry's point of view, this means that his parents respond to his needs and desires and only occasionally insist on him doing something for his own benefit.

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