What’s really going on with your toddler?
There’s a lot going on in the minds of children, and we don’t just mean which inappropriate word they’re going to choose to exclaim in the middle of a crowded grocery aisle.
60% of all the energy a toddler expands is concentrated in the brain. Now if that isn’t kids brain development… we don’t know what is!
The birth to three age period is the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human lifespan. The brain makes most of it’s neurological connections before turning 10. Phew, that’s tough work!
In order to know how to best encourage the healthy kids brain development throughout this process, here are a few tips to help understand the growth of the minds of kids.
1. Talk to me!
Talking to your baby stimulates neurological connections. Children whose parents read to them or introduce vocabulary applications know approximately 300 more words by the age of 4 than babies whose parents rarely speak to them.
2. What are you lookin at?
When it comes to visual kids brain development, babies and kids learn what is important to pay attention to by following the gaze of ‘adults.
3. Third time’s a charm.
Or four. Or five. Repetition is the key to establishing neurological connections in kids. Try using flashcards, songs, mobile learning games, or simply say it again, in order to ensure clear and lasting learning for your child.
4. Music to our ears.
Singing, listening to, and playing music has been shown to increase mathematical thinking and also aid in spatial orientation. Playing relaxing music at night can help get your child into a more steady sleeping pattern while playing more energetic music during the morning and daytime can help to encourage an active day.
5. Hold me!
Physical contact with your child stimulates the brain to release hormones that boost both physical and emotional growth. When in doubt, hug it out.
6. No stress.
While it’s impossible to protect your child from all stressful situations, trying to avoid unnecessary stress is important in child development. Stress and trauma triggers the release of the hormone Cortisol, which kills connections in learning and memory. So when you can, let it go… let it goooooo.
7. Blah, blá, blä.
Learning a second or third language improves cognitive kids brain development. The best time to learn language is before the age of 10, when children are still forming most of their neurological patterns. Even if you speak one language, there are dozens of apps, early school programs, and care-taking options that incorporate other languages.