Right from birth, our children thrive when they have secure, positive relationships with older figures in their life who are knowledgeable about how to support their development and learning. However, in today’s modern era, parenting has become a daunting task for parents. There are a lot of changes seen in the way societies have evolved today.
The concerns, preferences have changed, and the way of living has changed completely over the years. So, prepare yourself well in advance because you have a vital role to play in helping your child learn through these early years. You are your little angel’s first teacher, and your tot will keep learning from you as she gets older.
How can you help your baby in learning?
Always remember! Your baby learns through everyday play and exploration in a safe and stimulating environment.
Your relationship with your baby:
You and other adult family members and care givers are early childhood educators for your children. Your relationship with your child is the foundation for your child’s healthy learning and development. So, try to spend lots of time playing and interacting with your baby to help him learn the skills he needs for life, like communicating, thinking, problem-solving, moving, and being with other people.
The environment around your baby:
Keep in mind that your baby will learn best by actively engaging with the environment. How you may ask? Well below are some of the factors that contribute well to an environment around your baby:
- Observing things: Like watching different faces and responding to voices all around.
- Listening: Listening and making different sounds.
- Exploring: Babies explore things by putting them in the mouth. Also, through shaking and turning things around.
- Questioning: Questions like why and how are very important in your baby’s development and learning. So, try to answer their queries with as much detail as possible.
- Experimenting: Let your child experiment with textures, objects, and materials like water, sand, or dirt.
- Simulating: Try to engage your child in activities that stimulate all her senses like touch, taste, smell, vision, and hearing.
Getting your child involved in activities:
This could be as simple as:
- choosing books to read
- pointing to pictures in books
- choosing objects and toys to play with
- picking out vegetables for dinner
- measuring out the flour for muffins.
If your child has the opportunity to try lots of different activities, it gives her lots of ways to learn and chances to practice what she’s learning. For example, it’s important for your child to have activities that are inside and outside, physically active or quiet, free play or more structured, and so on.
Remember, your child needs your support for learning. For example, he might sometimes need you to show him what to do. But he doesn’t need you to give him all the answers. Letting your child make mistakes and find out for himself how the world works is a big part of learning. Praise and encouragement when your child try hard will keep him interested and help him feel good.
Most common parenting challenges in raising kids:
- Scarcity of time:
In 24 hours, a day, one of the biggest challenges faced by parents today is the lack of time because they have to juggle between managing office work, doing household chores, and looking after kids.
- Failure in teaching moral values:
The increase in the use of technology and gadgets have deteriorated the ethical and moral values of the upcoming generation.
- Imbalanced life:
The whole rat race of proving ourselves and earning more with time, modern parenting is suffering a lot. The families are falling apart due to a lack of time for each other. The children suffer when they don’t find their parents around. Sometimes, the kids develop an inferiority complex when they don’t find enough support and love from their parents.
- Lack of emotional bonding:
It’s due to lack of enough time. When parents don’t spend quality time with children, they might not be able to create emotional bonding with them and as a result, kids refrain from sharing their troubles and seek attention from their peers instead.
How to raise a resilient child in this digital age?
Throughout the 21st century to date, we have seen unprecedented and exponential growth in information and technology. Yes! The internet provides children with many opportunities, yet it does not come without risks. Therefore, education must exist around developing the social, emotional, and physical skills to improve resilient outcomes and the wellbeing of your children. Remember! Your child isn’t going to be born resilient. It’s a skill they need to learn and practice. That’s why some experts say that parenting strategies can make a difference in raising a resilient child, no matter what your family context is or what challenges your kids might be facing and some of them are:
- Be intentional with your kids in everything they need.
- Teach them to recognize and name their feelings so they can connect their emotions well.
- Foster supportive relationships so they can handle a conflict in their social life.
- Don’t try to orchestrate your kid’s life.
- Teach kids to ask for help whenever they want!
- Help kids develop a range of coping strategies so they can bounce back from tough situations.
- Give them a chance to practice their skills in practical life.
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