Research shows that early experiences in children’s lives have a lifelong impact on their learning and development. From the moment they’re born, babies learn to feel safe and secure in their world through the relationships they have with their parents and caregivers. When adults provide little ones with consistent, nurturing care from the very beginning, they help them to develop healthy attitudes about themselves and create trusting relationships with others.
Every family benefits from routines, and daily ones you share together are important to help your baby thrive! Consistent routines help young children know what to expect in the day and makes them feel safe. Routines play an important role in child development: they provide little ones with opportunities to learn, bond with their caregivers, and handle transitions more easily.
The quality of the relationship you have with your child plays a big role in her healthy development! Building a close, loving relationship is the most important thing you can do to help your little one develop resilience, the coping skills that will help her bounce back in the face of difficult circumstances.
Last week, we celebrated parents and the special bond they create with their young children. Research shows that the emotional bonds built early on between babies and their caregivers are essential: they are the first steps in promoting healthy development. Warm and secure relationships with caregivers support young children’s early development, their school readiness, and their ability to form positive relationships with others.
Good nutrition is key to healthy child development, especially during the first two years. Young brains need a variety of healthy nutrients to support their cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. Family meal times also offer great opportunities to bond and share conversations that promote children’s early language development.
Last week, we celebrated grandparents. They play a truly special role in the lives of their grandchildren and family members. By spending time and bonding with their grandchildren, grandparents can develop close relationships and connections.
Did you know that there is an activity you can do for only 15 minutes a day that can help you bond with your little one, boost her communication skills, and set her up for success in school? This powerful activity is reading aloud!
Do early childhood experiences change the actual structure of the brain? Yes, they do! Brain development is “activity-dependent,” which means early experiences shape young brains. While brain development is a lifelong process, the first three years are a period of rapid growth, laying the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. By age three, your child’s brain has built about 1,000 trillion connections!
What is executive function and how can you help your child develop it? Executive function is a group of skills that helps regulate behaviors and manage emotions: they allow us to process information, focus attention and control impulses. Executive function skills help children learn new information, plan, and solve problems, which is why they can predict school success better than IQ scores.