10 Ways to Nurture Growing Minds
Your child’s mind is a wonderful device, and the earlier you begin to encourage learning, the better. In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 different ways to nurture your child’s ever-expanding mind.
You can’t grow a beautiful sunflower without looking after it. The same applies to your child. Be there for your child, provide positive attention and you can be sure that this will benefit them.
By giving your child attention, you are developing their sense of self. You are showing them that they are an important and valued person, which they will hold with them for the rest of their lives.
All of us express love in different ways; however, no matter how we show love, it is especially important to make sure we do express it. Children will not pick up on the subtle hints of love, which is why it is better to both show and tell them. Tell your child that you love them, and be physically affectionate.
After all, when we think of nurturing, we think of love.
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Nurturing comes in many different forms, but to nurture means to care for. Part of caring is encouraging growth, and for young children, that comes primarily in the form of learning.
Sit with your children, read books together, go to museums and parks. Tell them how you view the world and ask for their opinions. Show them the beauty and wonders of simple, everyday moments, and they will grow.
If your child makes a mistake, don’t negatively criticise them. It’s unpleasant, and will do more harm than good. Instead, be calm and patient and show them how to act appropriately.
Encourage your child to be emotionally expressive. Fostering this behaviour in a loving environment will help them express themselves and make meaningful connections as they grow older.
If your child does something right, tell them. Praise them, support them, and they will develop a healthy sense of pride and self. Your belief in them will encourage them to grow and continue learning.
In order to grow, we must be given appropriate space. Provide your child with opportunities to expand, whether that’s by taking them to music lessons, the library, soccer practice or even play-dates.
Give them some choices and encourage them to take them.
It has been said that children learn 80% of their behaviour from their parents, so if you want your child to grow up to become a responsible and respected adult, show them how.
Nurture them by providing examples of how to act in different situations – how to handle emotions, stress, and what to do when things don’t work out.
Regulation and Freedom
The best way to care for your child is to provide equal doses of regulation and freedom. Doing so establishes the idea that freedom is not to be taken for granted. Set rules, but be fair and respectful of both yourself and your child. Children respond better and tend to not repeat mistakes when it is explained with reasoning. By using words like how and why, they understand the correlation of their actions to positive or negative outcomes.
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Giving your child the opportunity to interact with other children, as well as adults, will allow them to grow emotionally, all the while learning.
At Hamersley Early Learning School, we together with you to help nurture your children. For more information on us, and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.