Let’s start off with a very simple and true fact. We all want the very best for our children. It is completely understandable that when you hold your baby for the first time, you make this unconscious promise to him or her. You know that for the rest of your life you will have complete unconditional love for this being and you will raise him or her to the best of your ability.
From the music you listen to and the books you read before birth, the exercise you do, the food and drink you consume, you know even before this little one comes into the world that your life will change forever.
The colours you choose for the room, the furniture, the decoration, all unique to your personality and the feeling you get from the baby lying peacefully in your tummy.
When this baby is born you get to dress, nurture and play all day. (and all night)
The environment a baby gets introduced to after birth is so important in their sensory development. The sounds, smells, what they see and all the new textures they get exposed to. The first 7 years is the developmental years. The world and inner-voice you give to your child will forever remain with them. They will make decisions around everything they’ve learned in the first few years, they will respond, care, love, listen as you have to them.
We all know how important it is to keep your child stimulated, therefore we will be discussing the following topics in depth, in the articles to come, which are promising to be loaded with ideas, activities and ways to insure that you’re equipped to give the best to your little one.
Here’s what to look forward to:
A playroom or fantasy corner to awaken or strenghten the imagination and boost the developing of their personalities. Imaginative play is a vital component to a child’s development.
Arts and Crafts to boost creative thinking and a platform for them to express their needs. Creative play is very important for toddlers’ development. It would be best to encourage your toddler by allowing plenty of time for free-flowing creative activities. It’s also good to give positive attention and praise to your toddler’s creativity.
Colours to help them identify the emotions they feel and not always able to explain it. The identification of colors also helps to create the cognitive link between visual clues and words.
Music to get their bodies to move and stimulate growth and muscle build. Also to develop trust in their abilities and promote a non-stressful attitude towards expression. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. ‘Music also provides us with joy. Just think about listening to a good song on the car radio with the window down on a beautiful day. That’s joy.
Movement or Exercise helps the child connect with their bodies. Where does the body end and begin. What can I do with this body I’m not used to. It builds core strength and keeps them flexible.
Healthy eating is important for us all, but as a child it’s crucial for their development. Getting all the right nutrients and vitamins to help them in the growing process.
We will also discuss fun ways to create healthy food and beneficial ways to deal and cope with anger, energy overload and special needs.
Clever Little Monkey offers you an array of furniture, art supplies, decorations, and toys that will create a stimulating world for your child.
I’ll end off with a quote by Margaret Mead: ‘Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.’ It’s so important to create a space for your child that is their own, where he or she can envision and develop their own personalities in their own time but with your patient guidance.