Brain Research has found that enriched adult-child interactions have a dramatic impact on brain development, in all areas of development, and happiness!
Research also tells that those who are impoverished in anyway: mentally, financially, physically, emotionally; if they have one person in their life that they can turn to, that makes them feel secure and safe, that they can draw strength from and trust, they can overcome these adversities and have a better outcome in life.
In other words: AN ATTENTIVE ADULT IS THE BEST EDUCATIONAL TOOL!
SIMPLE STEPS TO CONNECT WITH CHILDREN
HONOUR a child’s worth by speaking to them at eye level
PLAY! On the floor and let them lead you into their exciting discoveries; with older ones games/activities that they enjoy
CREATE SPECIAL TIME: reading and snuggling are favourite special time with kids @ home or school
VALUE their efforts - “I saw you really try to get that shoe on.” “You stayed with that puzzle along time trying to it figure out!” “That was so kind of you to give that chair to your friend.”
FOSTER their special talents, strengths and likes. Be alert to see what turns them on and fascinates them. Some of us are musical, technical, creative, or empathetic, helpful and kind.
Find the beauty in them and draw it out…
When we take the time to be mindful and intentional towards a child’s interests and actions, we are setting the stage for a life of happiness.
|"What will you do today that will matter tomorrow?"Ralph Marston|
Adapted from Childlife...Solutions 4Life with Kids!