As parents, we all want happy and healthy babies. Not only that, we also want them to be smart. More and more studies on early brain development show that you now need to start raising a child who is curious about the world and ready to learn.
Read together as a fun daily family activity
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this way to develop the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills of a baby that can last a lifetime. Start reading with your baby, the sooner the better. Studies have shown that reading to your child can promote activities in the brain that forms language, literacy, and imagination.
Play, talk, sing, hug together
Encourage parents to use games to help their children reach health and development milestones from birth. Depending on the age of the child, talk to them about what they saw at home, in the store, or on a trip. Participate in high-quality early education programs and activities, spend time visiting the children’s museum or local library, and enjoy storytelling time.
Develop habits of eating, playing and sleeping
Forming habits helps children know what to expect and what others expect of them. Brushing teeth, books, bed, and organizing your child's night routine are a great way to come. Studies have shown that eating at least three meals a week with family members can help children’s health.
Reward every day's success
Grab the good things your baby does every day and praise them! The praise from the person closest to the child is a very powerful reward. Mom and dad discuss together how to shape and manage their children's behavior, set a good example of behavior, and strengthen it by using positive discipline skills to cultivate children's self-regulation skills. Children’s social, emotional, and behavioral skills are also critical to the success of the school.
Cultivate mutual respect and consistent parent-child relationship
A strong parent-child relationship helps protect children from the lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and traumatic situations reduce the child’s chances of doing well in school. As you work hard to teach your children about healthy relationships and choose friends wisely, don't forget to be their role model in your own life. Demonstrating good interpersonal skills with your spouse or partner and spending time developing close friendships with others is as important as simply talking about these skills.
You are the child's best teacher
For your child, a toy is not the next milestone in his or her growth. There is no app that can teach your children to read. You are exactly what your child needs on the road to school. You need to read, accompany, cultivate habits, reward and build relationships every day.