Hello happy mamas!! I’m so excited to share with you today. I’ve come back from maternity leave from having my THIRD child! Can I just say how crazy it feels to have three kids!! I’m not sure how you felt, but I feel like I’m not old enough to have this many kiddos running around!
Now more than ever I’ve been anxious to learn and implement different ways to nurture my children’s brains. Not only from my little newborn, but for the older two munchkins. Luckily I have a close blogging friend, Cassie Brewer, who is going to help us learn 4 ways to nurture your child’s growing brain!
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4 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Growing Brain
We’ve all seen those brilliant children on Ellen (see video below) and thought a little bit of “holy crap I’m behind on the curve ball” and “what in the world is that mom doing to teach her kids so well?”
I’ve gone through phases where I’ve experimented with different ways to teach my kids; some more effective than others. I’ve played with no tv, repetition, flashcards, singing, repetition, games, talent shows to show what they’ve learned, and did I mention repetition? I believe, over all they’ve worked quite well, but I want to learn how their brains are growing and work with those natural skills.
The first thing I recommend is THIS book. It honestly changed my mothering career, dramatically increased my patience as a mother, decreased temper tantrums dramatically. It made me a noticeably better mom because it taught me all about how children’s brains develop. Not exaggerating at all. Make sure to check that book out.DONT MISS these amazing ways to nurture your child's growing brain! #motherhood #mommylife… Click To Tweet
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Overall, we know that children’s brains develop the most between birth and three years old. It’s a critical time to focus on early developmental skills, as well as provide a firm foundation for learning. Four essential areas to be addressed are language, social skills, math and science, and managing stress.
1. Language Skills
Language skills can develop quite naturally just through talking to your baby and reading to them well before he or she can understand you. As a matter of fact, babies who are spoken and/or read to tend to know 300 more words than peers by the time they are three.
- absorb and develop communication skills,
- spark imagination,
- build problem-solving skills &
- enhance creativity.
This also can be encouraged through listening to music, playing rhyming games, and learning a foreign language.
2. Social Skills
Social skills are important to baby’s understanding of appropriate communication and acceptable behaviors. These can be taught by modeling facial expression recognition and using different tones and inflections in your voice to show emotions.
3. Math & Science
Early math and science skills are important for development of number concepts, spatial understanding, and concepts of chronology. Stories and songs use repetition and melody to introduce numbers and basic math concepts.
Sorting by shapes and sizes introduces concepts of time order and chronology that are important for understanding routines and when and why certain activities take place.
4. Managing Stress
Managing your own stress as a parent and teaching toddlers how to manage their own stress are also key to brain development. Negative stress can impact memory and learning, while positive stress teaches children how to appropriately cope with frustrations and new challenges in life.
Chronic or toxic stress usually stems from a traumatic event and, if left untreated, can lead to behavior problems, underdeveloped emotional response, and health issues. (For help with children who’ve experienced trauma or have behavioral problems, check out here).
Children need parents who nurture them with a healthy, loving home environment, teach them how to confront new obstacles, and intervene with guidance if their stress levels become too elevated.Kids need parents who #nurture #love and #teach #healthybehaviors!! #motherhood #mommylife Click To Tweet
Toddlers need to be offered frequent mental, physical, and social stimulation, as well as positive praise, encouragement, and firm boundaries during their early development. With these items in place, parents are providing a firm base upon which their children’s future mental, emotional, social, and academic development can grow.
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Thank you so much Cassie for sharing your knowledge and advice! I’m a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child – we all need each other’s advice and experience. When we reach out to others it doesn’t mean we’re less of a mom, it means we are strong enough to allow our children opportunities for growth.
What has been your experience with nurturing your child’s growing brain?? Share your stories in the comments below!