During your child’s development, you need to nurture both the physical and the psychological. All babies are different, so what is right for each one isn’t as standardised as some guides make out. Here are some tips you may want to follow for three areas of pre-school development.
We’ll start with potty training. Where better to start, right? This is the part a lot of us dreaded. Even at a young age, where actualising those dreams of parenthood were at least a decade away, this is the part we always wanted to skip.
It’s difficult to tell when to start this. Children have to be physically and emotionally ready to begin. There isn’t a standard age. A general rule is to begin when a child shows signs of being aware of these functions. Children may start developing bladder control anywhere between three and five. If your child is letting you know when they need to go, then that’s the best time to begin.
During this training phase, it’s best to make sure your child is wearing clothes that are easy to pull down or take off. Make sure to have those ready from age 3+! If you’re really concerned, additonal help is available at http://www.pottytrainingsolved.com/.
Don’t underestimate the power of early exercise! Baby-friendly exercises are invaluable to both physical and mental growth. To them, it will just seem like play. I wish I could remember when exercise seemed like such fun.
Gentle stretching and leg movements should take place in the first six months. This way you can start gently building up leg muscle for those all-important first steps. When they’re a bit older, you can begin more complex exercises.
This kind of exercise will help your child grow accustomed to muscle care as they grow older. They are more likely to take up exercise as a daily habit once they’re able to run.
Teaching your child to read takes more than placing a book in front of them and reading aloud. You can help speed up and deepen the learning process by helping your child develop language skills as early as possible.
Don’t be afraid to speak to your child when they’re very young. Even if they don’t fully understand you, listening to you talk helps their development. While their face might say “I don’t know what you’re saying right now”, their brain is hard at work. If you want to help them with their talking back (which many parents come to regret later!), limit your use of the pacifier. Blocking their mouths with a pacifier will stop them from making sounds. Those silly sounds your baby makes are all part of the language-acquiring process.
As for reading, most children don’t begin until around five years old. This is because the language areas of their brain need to develop properly. Otherwise, they can’t connect visual words with meaning.
Once they’re ready, you should surround your child with books! The more they read, the more advanced they will become during school. It will also be more likely for them to read for pleasure when they’re older. Reading is on the decline. Help make sure reading isn’t a thing of the past!
There’s more you can do to help your child with reading, even at later ages. Check out our post on The Reading Game!