Wednesday, 17 December 2008 10:47 AM

Young Imitators of the Adult World

Imitating the adult life is common among most girls between the ages of 4-10 years old.

It is common sight to see little girls in their play house and their numerous dolls, setting about being 'busy' with minding the dolls and 'cooking' in their play house.

Solomon Times crossed paths with two girls playing near a shade at Baha'i area who interestingly used empty 600mls of water bottle in place of dolls.

"I am trying to make my baby sleep so that I can go do my shopping," one of the two girls, Lean Haga, who is 6 years old, told Solomon Times.

She said this while moving around busily, clutching her 'baby' protectively against her in one hand and the other holding a handful of leaves in replacement of 'money' for 'shopping'.

Asked why the absence of an actual doll, the very content Lean explained that it is "expensive to get a real doll so I just wrap this empty bottle and pretend it's my baby doll".

Speaking to an early childhood teacher, Victoria Rikimae, explained that children at such age explore and develop their minds according to what goes on around them daily.

"Adults don't realize just how much children observe our every movement and pick up on what we do daily around them," Ms. Rikimae said.

She added that playing house is one of the many adventurous things that children do just from seeing what their parents, or adults around them, do on a daily basis.

"It is very important for adults to note that when children play and make a lot of mess around the house, building play house and toys all over the ground or floor, do not disturb them because they are developing their minds and also their skills too," Ms. Rikimae said.

She said that parents must at all times encourage on the right interests of their children, watch for their well-being and help them along the way.

"Shouting at young innocent children discourages a child and this also disturbs the intellectual growth of a child," Ms. Rikimae said.

She added that parents should advice adults around their children to be mindful of their conduct around the young ones who easily pick on both good and bad habits at a very young age.