Parents from generation to generation and in every society for the most part do their best to raise their children so that they will become productive, successful and intelligent adults. Unfortunately what many parents do not know or where they tend to fail raising their children is that the early years of a child’s life, especially infancy through 6 years of age are the most important and informative years for their development.
According to a December 2004 report by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers, “Early learning can have long-lasting effects on the architecture of the brain”. From birth a child’s brain is absorbing information and although children have different temperaments and grow at their own pace, it is important for parents to have constant interaction and maintain positive expectation that their child can succeed.
From infancy surround your child with positive fun learning experiences that challenge their thinking, expand their imagination, enhance their motor skills, increase their curiosity, stimulate their creativity, as well as encourage and strengthen relationship building and interaction with you and other’s. This means that many parents may need to re-evaluate how they allow their children to spend their time.
Looking for ways to just entertain your child or to just keep them occupied may actually be stunting your child’s educational and developmental skills. Television, maybe considered a good source for many things, but it is having an increasingly negative effect upon a child’s ability to learn, especially in their early years. According to an October 1 2007, CBS News report, researchers found that children who watched more than two hours of television per day from age 2 1/2 until age 5 1/2 were more likely to develop sleep attention, have fewer social skills and develop aggressive behavior problems than those who watched less television.
Knowing this about television, one of the first things that a parent can do is to purposely spend more time “playing” and interacting with their children and less time sitting them in front of the electronic babysitter, a television. Also know that there are numerous resources that parents can use which promote educational play as well as various developmental activities. As parents devote their time in the education and development of their children by introducing educational play into their daily activities and play time, they and their children will reap the benefits for years to come.