Observational learning is a learning that occurs through observing the behavior of others. It is a form of social learning which takes various forms, based on various processes.
Observational Learning happens to be more dominant in infants and children.
It does exist in adults too in ways like observing various accents and trying to imitate, etc.
But it’s the children who happen to be more open and susceptible to this type of learning. I say susceptible because the things one learns through Observational Learning are not always the required or necessary topics and are sometimes even the type of things one should not learn.
To learn only the better things via Observational Learning, one must have a developed brain to know and be capable of separating the needed information from the unwanted one and acting on it accordingly.
Children simply observe, learn and act on everything they perceive.
You fight in front of them, they learn that. You laugh, they laugh.
Children don’t laugh watching you laugh because they feel your emotions. They are imitating you.
Most importantly, you spend your entire day captivated by the enormous charm of your mobile phone, playing some game or another, they observe, learn and do exactly the same.
But when they imitate your actions, you don’t like that. Do you?
The question is: WHY?
Why do you hate yourself so much? What’s the reason behind such extreme emotion towards your own self?
Your child imitates you. He or She does exactly what you do. They just do it on a different level.
You want your children to ask you for books and read more often? Try holding a book in your hands. Try doing the same things you expect from your children.
And don’t come blaming me if you hold a book today for the first time in 9 years of your Child’s existence and he or she doesn’t sit on the couch with a book by tomorrow morning.
It’s Psychology. Not Black Magic!
There are hardly few tens of children in billions who can see beyond what they observe around them and act in a certain way. And considering how low the probability of your child being one of them is, “Are you willing to take the risk”?