The arrival of a newborn is so full of cheer and celebration, that when the time comes for everything to settle down, reality strikes! The constant vigil to change, feed and catch a shut eye in between, takes such a toll on the parents that they fall into a pattern. Now there is a good side to having a pattern in everyday chores and juggling between work and home. But what you must understand is that the child is changing from day one, and will continue to change for a lot more years to come. So the necessity to be prepared and change along with their growth is of utmost importance.
The first few months are the easiest because babies hardly move during that time! Yes, babies are small and cute just like the ones you see in magazines and on the television. Small, soft, cuddly and weighing close to nothing. But as the months wear on, they learn how to move! That is when a parent’s smartness and ability are tested. The growth rate of a baby will come as a surprise to you. Their movement and ability to understand things go way beyond what we can imagine! While some babies may take a while to express themselves verbally and physically, there is a surprising stage of every child that can be a challenge for every parent.
Did you know that by the age of four, babies can converse in four different languages to four different people? The ability to adapt and recognise specific people and converse accordingly is a huge step in the development of social skills. This is also the time when the toddler can imbibe as much information as possible, visually. Many play schools, therefore, provide visual stimulation activities along with sensory-dependent play. Your toddler is far more receptive at this age than he will be for another decade. Unless of course, his passion and focus are trained to remember. Babies constantly soak up words, actions and even small mannerisms from people they live with or meet. This is the start of a shape of things to come. At this stage, it is essential to constantly talk to them and engage them in communication. Active communication helps overcome stiffness in character later in life, and makes it easier for them to communicate with others without fear and shyness.
Though it may be easy to compare your child with another at school or play, the most important thing is to realise that every child is different and it is this uniqueness that helps them stand out. Instead of celebrating their uniqueness, it would be incorrect to force them to adapt to your expectations. Let your child explore, build, break and rebuild things. That way you know he is learning, and that he knows it is completely alright for things to break, to make mistakes and to feel sad occasionally. These things build strength and give character to his personality.
Teach your toddlers to fail sometimes so that they know the value of winning. Show them that you want them as much as they want you, so that they know what is caring. Smile, laugh and cry openly so that they know it is normal to express themselves. Toddler development is more essential than studies in a school. Your toddler is far more adept at understanding things. Let your child develop with his ever-changing view of things so that he can go ahead with ease as the years wear on and remember to stay and encourage him always.
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