You may be wondering—do children have memory in every sense of the term? Why do they forget so much and remember other things of “little importance”? And how do we train them later to memorize and remember?
The question about how memory develops in children may be among the most important questions for parents who want their child’s senses to develop safely.
It’s certain that children under age two have a memory in which colors, faces, and scenes have imprinted themselves, albeit for just a while. Their memory is short but present, and it gradually gets stronger as they grow.
It’s also certain that it’s not possible to speak of long-term memory in the proper sense of the term before the child turns three, i.e. when they become able to verbalize what they’ve experienced.
At this age, a child’s memories are like photographs: full of emotions and feelings.
But can parents help a child keep just their positive and beautiful memories?
In all cases, the development of memory doesn’t start before the child is able to verbalize what they’ve experienced and seen, i.e. beginning at age two and above. When they verbally explain what they saw or experienced, they will be better able to remember the event later.