Nurturing Childhoods Blog
From day one, it is so important that you talk to your child – a lot. While they may not seem to be understanding very much and certainly will not be responding with conversation in the traditional sense, they are learning from every word you have to say.
Nurturing risk management with your toddler sounds scary when you want to wrap them in cotton wool. But this is doing them no favours. These first years of your child’s life will see them develop their basic brain architecture and they need a wide range of experiences to do this. Taking risks and pushing themselves is a vital part of this process.
To understand your child’s outward displays of behaviour, you must take a step back and remind yourself of what is at the root of them – their feelings and emotions. Neither good nor bad, these motivators for the body are driving your child's behaviours even before they don't understand them.
One of the ways you can support your child’s early methods of communication is through baby sign language. By taking the complexities of speech away, Baby Sign offers your child a way of being understood while leaving their mental resources available to concentrate on the message they are trying to communicate.
Does your child worry about things, causing difficult emotions? We can all feel anxious about different things in our lives. But before your child’s anxieties stop them from grasping some great opportunities, help them to manage their anxieties with some simple steps to managing your child’s anxieties.
Although it is good to encourage and enrich your child’s development in reading, math, or creativity, there is something lost if we push beyond “supporting” to “hurrying”. Children need their childhood to progress at their own pace, mastering things when they are ready, and with the time they need to really explore. Read on to make sure you value your child's unhurried childhood.
You may believe your child takes no notice of what you say, but they take everything in, even when you think they are ignoring you or are otherwise occupied. You don’t need to be talking TO your child for them to take it all in – the good and the bad.
The confident language abilities of your skilled speaker can tell you so much, even at two years old. It will offer you a strong indication of how well your child is going to manage when they start school, along with how well they will do within it. Read on to learn how you can nurture your toddlers communication skills.
If you watch your child when they are playing with others, you will see the complexities that are going on. Joining other playing children, contributing to the game and knowing the role they can take is all complex stuff. Far from relaxing ‘down-time’ play involves lots of mature, social interactions and debate.