SuperUser AccountRead, sing, play, color, laugh, smell, touch, taste, ... (TIP: when you read to a pre-K child, point at the words as you read them)
SuperUser AccountSocial time and play time are important to child development. A great memory and a high IQ have less value without social comfort and skills to go along with the intelligence. Children need time to be children and they need time with other children and they need time around adults.
SuperUser AccountLearning is not a competition. Each human has their own strengths and aptitudes. The first child to walk might not be the first child to talk. The best reader may not be the best athlete or may have no musical talent. That is ok. A well rounded exposure to life will help you and your child find and develop their strengths. Keep in mind that too much of anything is not healthy.
SuperUser AccountCare at home can be very rewarding for the parent and the child. Try to plan your personal time around your child’s nap time. Plopping a child in front of a TV or electronic game might be easy; but it is not the best solution. If you are a “work at home” parent, consider bringing some part time help into your household (this can be grandparent, a nanny, a sitter).
SuperUser AccountTaking your child to the grocery store can be convenient; it can also be frustrating and even challenging. Make the best of it. Time at the store can also be educational.
SuperUser Account“Day Care” is more than day care. Time spent there affects the foundation for the rest of your child’s life. If you are going to enroll your child in a Day Care or a Child Development program, be sure you look around and find a quality accredited program with teachers you like. Driving a few extra miles or paying a few extra dollars to get to a better program &/or better teachers will make a huge difference in your child’s future. Investing in quality care during the early years is time and money well spent. Quality is not only an investment; it is your responsibility as a parent.
SuperUser AccountIt should not be necessary to micro manage your child's life. Make sure they are safe & secure. Guide them; let them play in their own way; let them choose which book they want you to read to them. If you have rules, enforce your rules.
SuperUser AccountKeep in mind that these early years are the most important years of your child's life. It is not a race, it is not a competition. We all grow and develop at different rates. We are each "individuals" and we have our own individual strengths.
SuperUser AccountGrandparents must realize that "the parents" are responsible for raising their own children. If you do not approve of their methods or judgment, talk to the parents (after all, you are their parent). Do not undermine or circumvent the parent(s).
SuperUser AccountLearn when you need to step in and when you should let your child figure things out on their own. It is OK to let your child make mistakes. It is part of their learning process. Try to step in only when they risk hurting themselves or others.
SuperUser AccountTake time with your child or grandchild to explore and appreciate each of your 5 senses. Nature is a great place to start.