Parenting Moments is your guide to raising secure, confident, creative and caring children who are positive and eager to succeed. Parenting young children from birth to six years can be truly enjoyable, meaningful and fulfilling when you have “know-how”.
This guide has practical pointers for strengthening parent-child bonding, fostering communication, mastering language and literacy, nurturing creativity, thinking and problem-solving, and building confidence and social skills.
At the various developmental stages, children experience incredible change. Movement, thinking, communication, feeling and interpretation of the world, evolve with maturity. Yet, the pace of this is unique to each child, following their respective strengths and interests.
How children learn best
By understanding your child’s development, you can support and provide experiences that make a difference to your child’s learning. Your child learns best when his learning is connected and inter-related.
What this means is that it is important for your child’s development to take place in a holistic and integrated way. For instance, when your toddler starts to walk, this physical development helps him to explore more of his environment. He discovers new objects and materials to interact with.
When you encourage him to explore further or talk to him about the object or what he is doing, he develops communication and language skills. He becomes more confident and independent and is motivated to explore and discover new things.
So what started off as a simple physical movement (walking) has led to exploring and engaging with new things (cognitive and fine motor skills), feeling secure and confident (social-emotional) because of your praise, and expanding of his vocabulary through your interaction with him.
Why are you so important?
As the parent, your child has only you to look to for love, care, attention, and information about the world that is not yet fully known. You are the immediate and ever-present resource that your child will take after on the path to maturity.
- Parenting moments - birth to 2 years
- Parenting moments - 3 to 4 years
- Parenting moments - 5 to 6 years
Early Childhood Development Agency
DID YOU KNOW?
Cradle cap is the oily, scaly crust that babies sometimes get on their scalps, in their body folds and on their torsos. Although cradle cap looks uncomfortable, it doesn’t usually bother your baby.