Children learn from the moment they are born. They observe, touch, question many things, so do not think even for a moment that they are too young to know something. You as a parent are there to help them find out about the things that surround them, and get familiarized with the world they live in. Here are some tips to help you develop your child’s curiosity and intelligence.
Tell the Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
As soon as they learn how to make simple sentences, you will realize just how curious your child is. He or she will keep repeating “what is this and what is that”, and to every explanation of yours, you will get “why”. Answer their every question and encourage their curiosity, as it helps them grow, discover, and develop their imagination. Also, always answer truthfully, no matter what the answer might be. Even if they ask you if you have been drinking alcohol or smoking, confess your ‘sins’, even though you might not want to. This will teach your child that honesty is the best policy, but also, it shows that you trust them enough to tell them something like that, so in the future, they too will come to you with the truth.
Even though there is a huge age gap, a parent should always treat a child as an equal. First of all, baby talk is cute, but leave it to grandparents, aunts and uncles – you talk to them, as you would talk to your peer, as it is the first step to teaching your child how to speak. Secondly, talk to them about different subjects, from playing with toys, to crushes and boys. This way you become their role model, and develop close bonds, but also help them develop their own personality and attitudes towards many different things.
Wake up That Inner Child of Yours
The problem today is that many parents spend too much time at work, and have almost none to devote to their children, so they sit them in front of the TV, and let them amuse themselves. But the most important part of their childhood is actually learning how to play, with dolls, cars, numerous educational toys and video games as well, but not on their own. Be a part of your child’s life 24/7 – play with them, solve puzzles, draw, color, and have a tea party. At this early age is when they need your help, and with time, they will learn how to discover things on their own.
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Make Them Want More
Most people make the mistake by saying that ‘a child should be just a child’, and do not want to force them to take up any activities at an early age. There is some truth in it, as they should not be burdened with too many extracurricular activities, but some might not be such a bad idea. So pick a sport, musical instrument, or a language, and have your child learn it. But it is not just about acquiring a new skill, it is also about teaching your child responsibility. They need to learn that in life they will have certain obligations, and schedules they will have to stick to. However, remember that you should never force your child to do something against his or her will – if they are not born for volleyball, do not make them go, but rather let them try themselves in something else. They might have more success taking up a different hobby, that will boost their confidence, and also the will to discover further, and test their own limitations.
It is not just about learning about things around them, it is also about teaching them how to behave in the world they live in. Happy childhood results in happy and successful adulthood. Finally, never forget to praise your child – knowing that they have done and completed something well, as it will boost their confidence, and encourage them to move forward and learn even more.
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