At birth, your baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons. During his early years, trillions of brain cell connections will grow, called synapses.
Synapses that are not “connected” to each other through stimulation are trimmed and lost during a child’s school years. Although an infant’s brain has some solid nerve connections, such as the ability to learn any language, it is more flexible and more vulnerable than an adult’s brain. Surprisingly, a child’s brain has twice as many nerve connections as an adult’s brain.
These easy tips, stimulating books, and supervised interactive activities will help make sure your little one’s brain is geared up for years of learning to come.
1. Give your baby a good start before birth.
Stay healthy during pregnancy, and know that some medications can be damaging to your baby’s brain in the womb.
2. Respond immediately when your baby cries.
Calm, nurture, embrace, and reassure him so that you can build positive brain circuits in the limbic region of the brain, which are involved in emotions.Your calm embrace, and your daily sharing with your baby, indicates an emotional safety of the brain.
3. Build your child’s love for his body.
Comb his hair when reading, playing, or even changing diapers. Studies have shown that children who are not touched often have brains that are smaller than normal for their age, and interacting closely with them also helps direct their attention to your speech.
4. Choose games that allow children to explore and interact.
Games, such as stackable blocks, help your child learn cause-effect relationships and “conditional” thinking.For example, if a child piles a lot of lumps without straightening them, they fall off. If it succeeds in stacking blocks on top of each other, it “sends” that information.
5. Building confidence through attention and focus.
When your child plays, get on the floor and spend some time interacting with him.Children who are securely attached to you will be able to invest more energy in the pleasures of exploration, learning, and discovery.
6. Ask your child for help during cleaning times.
This is a great way to practice rating. Children need to learn to classify into categories and hierarchies (arranging things; for example, from smallest to largest) as part of their cognitive progression in preschool.
7. Make meals positive.
Say the food names out loud when your child eats. Express his happiness as he’s learning to feed himself, however messy the initial attempts. This will create fun associations with mealtime and eating. On the other hand, fights and grumbling about food can lead to negative brain patterns.
8. Provide clear responses to your child’s actions.
The young developing brain learns to understand the world if it responds to your child’s behavior in ways that are predictable, reassuring, and appropriate. Be as consistent as possible.
9. Use positive discipline.
Create clear consequences without intimidating or stigmatizing your child. If your child is behaving inappropriately, such as hitting another child, get down to his eye level, use a low, serious tone of voice, and rephrase the rule clearly. Keep the rules simple, consistent, and reasonable for your child’s age.
10. Express joy and concern for your child.
Let your body language, bright eyes, attention to babbling and babysitting activities, sweet caresses and smiles underline the loving nature of your child.
11. Foster a craving for books early on.
Choose books with large, colorful pictures, and share the joy of pointing to specific pictures or even making noises that match the book.
12. Praise their efforts to develop a growth mindset.
Praise is most effective when it focuses on process and commitment, not the end result. The main focus of your praise should be on your child’s learning process and efforts.
13. Communication is a basic skill that is essential in enhancing a child’s intelligence.
It allows your child to communicate with you and develops self-esteem and self-confidence. Encourage your child to improve his communication skills by engaging him in verbal activities.
14. Weaving stories around it.
When you introduce your child to books and stories, try to make him the protagonist of his favorite fairy tale.When a child learns to relate these stories to his own environment, he will be able to better relate to the things around him.
15. Encourage him to explore.
Expose your child to new and unfamiliar environments and encourage him to explore these new spaces.
16. Familiarize your child with letters and numbers early on.
Don’t wait for your child to start school to learn numbers and letters. Start counting at home during gaming sessions and point the letters on the board and signs.The more exposure your child is to the written word, the easier it will be for him to understand and study it when the time is right. Verbal and physical cues like sign language will enhance his ability to understand and allow him to relate it to things he sees around him.
17. Create opportunities to interact with other children.
Social interactions provide stimulating experiences and prepare your child for challenges as they grow.Set up play dates with children his age or take him to the park to play with other children. When you supervise his interactions at this point, you can gently guide him and support him in making good friendships.
18. Avoid electronic games.
Limit time watching TV and mobile devices and focus on practical activities; Instead, you will stimulate your baby better.
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