Everyone knows that the first few years of a child’s life is vital to their development. As a parent, you have to devote a lot of time and energy to their successful development. Trust me; I should know! They say that those first few years are also the ones you “don’t get back” as your baby grows up. I wholeheartedly agree with that!
The thing is; some parents don’t know how best to nurture their child’s development. Today I thought I’d write a blog post with details on what I think is essential to their development.
Stimulate their vision
One thing some parents don’t realize is that their babies are intellectual sponges! They take in everything that goes on around them. If they don’t get much stimulation, you can jeopardize their development.
Often, what I like to do is stimulate my children’s vision. There are plenty of ways that you can do that. Perhaps the most important way is to maintain eye contact with them. From when they’re newborn, they will learn to recognize you as their parent! Don’t forget that he or she will memorize you the more you make eye contact with one another.
Another thing I like to do is stick my tongue out! Yes, it sounds silly but it’s fun, and it helps with a child’s development in many ways. They’ll often repeat what you’re doing. And, did you know that imitation is an early sign of problem-solving skill development?
Be silly and make them laugh
Laughter is something that is fun and enjoyed by everyone. It has no language barriers, and it’s a universal way of expressing one’s self. As your baby grows older, they will learn to smile and laugh at things they think is funny.
When you’re with your child, you should make them laugh as much as possible. There are several reasons why this is important. First of all, it teaches them how to develop their cognitive skills.
Second, it’s a brilliant excuse to act silly and playful in front of adults! And, third, it expels any excess energy. The latter is also useful if you want to make sure they have a good night’s sleep!
Talk to your child
When you do things like eating or reading a book, it’s crucial you talk to your child. Why? Because it helps them to develop their speech skills. From an early age, your child will pick up on what you say and how you construct your sentences.
Soon, they will start learning words that describe objects or people. When you talk to your child, do so using simple words and short sentences. That way, they are more likely to start talking sooner.
It’s also important not to “tell them off” for saying things the wrong way. They need to figure out for themselves how to say things correctly. You have a big input into how quick such development occurs.
Have you noticed that your child may have some development problems? Perhaps they’ve got problems with their speech or how they express themselves? If so, online speech therapy can help. It’s a convenient way to get your child back on track with their development.
Spend some quality bonding time together
The trouble with many busy parents is they often leave their children to fend for themselves at home. For example, they might put them in front of the TV and do something else away from their kids.
I can’t stress enough how vital it is to spend some quality bonding time together with your children. Doing so shows them that you love and care for them, of course. But, it also helps them to be creative, confident and pragmatic as they get older.
Bonding time is also useful for getting into a routine with your child. Diaper time and book reading time are just two examples of how bonding together can help.
Have a change of scenery
As with adults, children get bored with the same old routine every day. Monotony can even cause development problems with kids. That’s why it’s important to have a change of scenery every so often.
Don’t just stay at home with them. Take them out for a walk to your local park or shopping mall. Spend some time with other parents and children in play groups. Treat your children with visits to the zoo or a children’s show in your local town.
There are plenty of things to do with your kids, and many of them are even free. You control their daily activities, so make sure you vary them.
Thanks for reading!