As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. You teach her through your example, through your actions, through your words, and through the games you play with her.
Being your child’s first teacher doesn’t have to be intimidating. Simply love your child, play with him, interact with him, and he will learn. Your child’s brain is like a sponge, waiting to absorb new information, which he gets from the world around him and from the people around him.
At Toddlers Attention, we’re here to help you find new, creative ways to play with and engage your child and to reap the many benefits of that interaction. We aim to share activities and tools that both contribute to a toddler’s development and contribute to the growth of the family unit.
Contribute to a Toddler’s Development
By the age of three, 80% of a child’s brain wiring is complete. The first three years of life are critical for the child’s future success.
Rather than finding this intimidating, you should be inspired. Spending time with your child playing games and reading aloud can help your child make those oh-so-important brain connections. Providing him with toys that encourage creativity is also important.
Don’t worry about formally “teaching” your child at this time. Just give him plenty of opportunities to learn, explore, and play.
Contribute to the Growth of the Family Unit
Part of your child’s brain development comes from knowing that she is loved. You can show her this every time you hold her to soothe her or laugh with her or play with her.
You’ll likely find that the more time you spend down on the floor having fun with your toddler, the more you enjoy being with him. Children’s laughter is infectious and can make you laugh, too.
You’ll marvel as you watch your children learn things from you–things you’ve read to her in a book or explored together at the zoo or the library. Remember, there is no action too small when it comes to teaching your child through play and time together.
Check back to Toddlers Attention often to learn new ways you can interact, play with, and teach your child.