The Benefits of Early Childhood Stimulation in the Home....Part 2
Interventions Today for Success Tomorrow
Strategies for Encouraging Your Child
Diamond & Hopson (1998) suggest that parents provide certain kinds of experiences to their child. Experiences which are rich in emotional and language support are the most vital to fostering a child’s development to its fullest capabilities. Sometimes, parents fail to include experiences which allow for their child to grow emotionally. Such experiences are indeed important for the child’s emotional growth, as they allow the child to develop the skills needed to deal with stress. Many children are unable to effectively cope with the stressors that life deals to them. If a parent encourages the development of experiences which are rich in this, he will be setting his child up to deal with problems later on in life.
It is evident that parents serve as a role model for their child. Children look to their parents and model their attitudes and behaviors. Parents must remember that they are a role model and adjust their behaviors accordingly. Levine (2002) suggests that parents should model the love for learning by reading newspapers, magazines, and novels in the presence of their child. By developing such a habit, a parent is demonstrating to his child that learning is important to him. Children are more likely to emulate these behaviors when concerning school work, thus taking more of an interest in their own education. A child who observes a parent who is interested in learning is a child who becomes more devoted to the learning process (Levine, 2002).
Suggested below are some tips that the literature suggests as ways to encourage the development of happy, healthy learners:
Be warm, loving, and responsive to the needs of your child.
Respond to the cues your child gives you.
Talk, read, and sing to your child often.
Establish routines and rituals for your child.
Encourage exploration and play time on a regular basis.
Make television watching as selective as possible.
Use discipline as an opportunity to teach your child right from wrong.
Recognize your child’s unique abilities and talents.
Choose quality child care and get involved.
Take good care of yourself.
By following these guidelines a parent is encouraging and supporting his child for who she is.