Possibly one of the most important developmental areas that parents can directly impact on is stimulating language and speech development through reading to your child. We now know that even in pre-verbal infants and toddlers, exposure to language plays a key role in learning, speech development and overall higher IQ. It also enhances bonding and attachment. Reading is the gift that keeps on giving - in so many ways!
Nature Awareness and Increased Outdoor Play Activities
Our changing lifestyles has made getting outside and connecting to nature less common and seemingly less important to us as a society. Kids that get outside are calmer, happier, healthier, less likely to develop long term medical problems (think anxiety and obesity) and are better students and learners. That’s not just me talking it up, that’s what the research shows. Not to mention the importance of appreciating the world around us and our responsibility to it. What are we waiting for?
The Power of Play and Promotion of Healthy Child Development
Play, of all types and in different settings, is vital for overall child development. Play is more than just fun for children, it’s integral to every aspect of growth and development. Play needs to be integrated into the daily lives of all children and is a fundamental right (and necessity). It goes hand in hand with other current recommendations and concerns about media and screen time exposure and is linked directly to our next initiative promoting family engagement.
Family Engagement & Positive Parenting Practices
What links all of this together? Every child is part of a family. Families may come in different sizes and shapes but the fundamentals of family functioning are all the same. Building on the foundation of family function and promoting positive parenting practices is central and critical to healthy emotional child development and well-being!