The Simplest Methods for Educating Your Child
Some newborns are genetically predisposed to being intelligent, whilst others are less likely to be endowed with the ‘genius gene’. Of course, this is what every parent wishes for their children. However, it is our responsibility as parents to nurture and develop our children’s full potential from the moment they are born.
When it comes to parenting children, there are numerous myths and old wives’ tales to contend with. However, speaking from personal experience, there are a number of developmental milestones that a newborn may achieve far sooner than any expert’s forecasts. Having a clever infant is mostly the consequence of good and patient parenting, which is the fundamental prerequisite for raising a bright child.
Parents, on the other hand, are frequently too busy, too exhausted, or simply too lazy (no disrespect intended) to devote the time necessary to a baby’s early growth. Because of this, today’s students face more challenges at school as compared to those from only a generation or two before. They rely less on their imaginations and rely more on technology stimulants, which have been shown in tests to make individuals less intelligent than those who read books or do not spend much time in front of the television.
Other external factors might include one or both parents being absent a lot, or living in an unfavorable family atmosphere when arguing, squabbling, or negatively shouting and reprimanding children occurs. A kid may become reclusive and less enthusiastic about learning as a result of being exposed to such an environment. In comparison to a child who has both parents or lives in a household where everyone is happy, they receive far less attention.
Assuming that the infant does not face any of these difficulties, there is no reason why his or her early cognitive development should be hampered. Children as little as a few days old can begin learning and understanding words considerably sooner than they are able to communicate verbally.
Below is a list of 20 strategies to help your infant improve his or her early cognitive skills:
1. Describe everything you do or see with your baby aloud to yourself. While taking the baby for a stroll, point out flowers, birds, and automobiles, and pronounce the word while you demonstrate to the baby what you are referring to. The infant learns what these things are, and he also becomes more attentive and aware of his surroundings as he grows older.
2. Start reading books right away. Initially, people were amused by the fact that I read books to my infant, but by six to seven months old, he could flip the pages eagerly in anticipation of the next page and understood a great deal of what the books were about based on the visuals and my daily explanations. He frequently brought his favorite books around the house to be read over and over again!
3. Index Cards (also known as index cards). I cannot overstate the importance of these wonderful ‘tools’. Select index cards that feature both a front and a back – with the letter or number on one side and pictures that correspond to that letter or number on the other. The infant will like playing with them and will look forward to seeing them again. Don’t bother about reading them in chronological sequence; simply take one up and read it from time to time. Soon enough, your child will be doing the same thing. Make these cards enjoyable for your kid, and he or she will be learning letters before you know it. Make interesting activities out of the cards, such as spelling out his name, to keep the kids entertained.
4. Take the infant with you everywhere you go. I understand that getting dressed and wrapped up might be a hassle, but your kid will take up these experiences and will look forward to them as well. Instead of spending every day looking at his own living room, he gets to meet new people, travel the world, and observe others in action. Additionally, some parents are apprehensive about the prospect of traveling long distances with a baby, yet these experiences may be quite intellectually stimulating for him. We’ve already taken our kid to two NFL games, where tens of thousands of people were in attendance. It was a hit with him! Getting accustomed to large groups of people will aid in his social development.
5. Do things with the infant that you would typically do with your other children. Allow him to observe you as you clean your teeth, style your hair, and put on your clothes. Despite the fact that it may take you longer to do these simple chores, the baby will observe and learn from everything you do. It makes it easier and faster to teach him new things.
6. Avoid using television (even kid’s programming) as a substitute for a babysitter. Occasionally, parents may place their children in front of the television because they are too exhausted or lazy to engage with them. The only television shows your child should watch are specialized instructional DVDs, preferably one that goes along with the index cards you give him or her. My kid has been using them since he was around 2 months old and has already learned many of the phrases in this video. Parents that participate and engage with their children while their children are watching will increase their children’s attention and learning.
7. Sing and dance with the infant while listening to music. Our infant is a big fan of electronic music and house music. Yes, it’s strange. The lively tempo and dynamic approach, on the other hand, placed him in a fantastic mood while also engaging his brain. From his earliest days, he has expressed an interest in music, and we frequently play low-tempo techno tunes to put him to sleep. Babies adore music, and they are just as adaptable as their parents. Some people prefer country music, while others prefer house music, classical music, orchestral music, or whatever music their mother preferred to listen to when the baby was growing in the womb.
8. Provide your infant with a variety of food and beverage choices. As you deliver several things to him, point out the different colors on each one as you pass them to him. “Bananas that are yellow in hue. The ball represents the color blue in its design. Which one do you think is the best?” Just as soon as the infant grasps the object, repeat back to him the name of the item he picked.
9. Prenatal vitamins should be taken when pregnant. Because intelligence develops in the womb, it is recommended that pregnant women take all-natural prenatal vitamins rather than prescription or over-the-counter medications from pharmacies. These can be piled at any time during the day. If you take the appropriate supplements during your pregnancy, your kid will have a better chance of being intelligent from birth than if you do not take the supplements.
10. Allow other people to hold your infant while you are away. As long as the individual is not in danger, doing so will assist your kid in learning about uniqueness. It’s hard to find anything more lovely than a baby’s opinion of another human being. Babies are completely unconcerned about whether or not someone is big or thin, what they look like, or anything else other than whether or not the individual is ‘fun’ or not. Allow others to hold your infant, and he will gain an understanding of the qualities of human beings.
11. No matter what happens, maintain your positive attitude. Even on a terrible day, you can still be productive. When you are a parent, your children pick up on your energy. A poor mood, distress, unhappiness, or anger will affect you and your child’s emotional well-being. Always remember to smile and make your kid feel comfortable. Babies that are happier are often smarter babies.
12. Use positive reinforcement to motivate yourself. Make a great deal out of whatever your kid does that you have taught him, no matter how trivial it may seem at the time. “Good boy!” you should exclaim, and you should encourage your infant to make similar attempts for your approval on a regular basis. Your kid will get more motivated and delighted to please you as time goes on.
13. Allow the child to inspect himself in the mirror if he is old enough. Allow him to study his own reflection and provide him with support while he is doing so if necessary. It goes on and on about what a wonderful child… such a bright man… what a cute boy… and so on. Make it clear to your child that he is amazing and that he can become anything he wants to be in the future.
14. Allow him to get his hands on things. It goes without saying that there are some items you don’t want your child to play with. Nonetheless, we have been conditioned as parents to worry out if a baby touches or holds something (like dirt). In fact, by making a great deal out of it, you will stimulate his interest even further, encouraging him to do it even more. Allow him to explore the textures and forms, and even dig his hands into the dirt if he feels the need to. This is how he comes to understand his surroundings. Take care to ensure that he doesn’t consume it or put anything else in his mouth that is harmful.
15. Toys that stimulate the senses. Of course, every infant enjoys playing with toys. Choose toys that will keep their minds active. Additionally, you may engage in imaginative play with your baby by creating tunnels out of blankets for him or her, playing hide and seek, purchasing a walker, and other handmade ideas that will cognitively stimulate your child.
16. Make ridiculous expressions and act foolish while varying the inflections, tones, and sounds in your voice. It’s time to shake things up. Occasionally use adult language while speaking to him, but mostly speak to him in childish terms. Make silly expressions at your kid and gently touch him or her. As a result of these activities, your infant will become aware of the fact that there are hundreds of different ranges that may be conveyed via one voice – yours!
17. Expose your infant to more than one language from an early age. You may be concerned that it may cause confusion in your infant, but in reality, now is the perfect moment to start preparing your child to be bi-lingual.
18. Consumption of nutritious foods. Although it may be tempting to treat the infant to chocolate, cookies, and French fries, doing so might have negative repercussions, such as delaying his mental growth or impairing his physical characteristics, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. As your baby learns to consume more solid meals, little bits of salmon, peas, blueberries, and turkey are acceptable choices. If your kid has grown up consuming nutritious foods, he or she will learn to make good choices as a result of this.
19. Continue to feed your infant breast milk or formula for as long as you can. Doctors recommend that you begin weaning your kid as soon as he reaches the age of one year, but milk has a high concentration of hormones and antibiotics that are put into the cows by dairy producers. Many studies have shown that probiotics present in infant formula and breast milk help to give the nourishment that babies need to grow and develop to their full potential. Formula may be expensive, and milking may be a pain, but both of these things are extremely important when it comes to laying the groundwork for your baby’s early immunity.
20. If at all feasible, attempt to avoid daycare by hiring in-home care or a part-time nanny. Daycare institutions have become breeding grounds for a slew of negative behaviours among children these days (not all, but a greater majority). Some children are deprived of the one-on-one attention offered by adult stimulation as a result of the large number of children to look after. Having a one-on-one caregiver for your kid ensures that he will receive complete and undivided attention. His adult interaction and individual attention will thus increase as a result of this arrangement.
To make your kid smarter will take effort and time, and it will be a never-ending task that you signed up for the day your child was born. While it’s true that life is no longer about you, it’s also important to acknowledge and empower your child while his mind is still fresh; he’s literally like a blank book with all of the pages simply ready to be filled to overflowing with all you’ve produced.