In a previous post, Recognizing and Managing Feelings, I explained how I’ve been reading up on child (and brain) development to learn how to best instruct and “train up” my toddler. Just thought I’d share more interesting advice from the book, “Positive Discipline”:
How to develop a healthy brain in your child:
- Demonstrate affection, interest, and acceptance.
- Practice the art of conversation.
- Read, read, read!
- Encourage curiosity, safe exploration, and “hands-on” learning.
- Limit television time.
- Use discipline to teach, never to shame or humiliate.
- Recognize and accept your child’s uniqueness.
- Select child care carefully – and stay involved.
- Take care of yourself so you are rested and refreshed – it makes for a better mommy.
In our home we spend a lot of time reading to our little man and we also spend a great deal of time conversing – not just talking but also listening. We encourage him to talk constantly and gently correct him when he makes mistakes in his speech. We also congratulate him when he communicates an idea clearly. I try to apply balance to all the points listed above by having a well established routine. My boys thrive on routine – everyone is happier when they have some idea about what they can expect next.
I think all of these points are excellent for fostering an environment of learning and helping to encourage curiosity among our children. I pray these points are helpful for my blog readers.
In His Grip
Proverbs 22:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
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