Tips for Parents in Helping Children’s Brain Development

Parents act as a very important role in a child’s brain development. Infants prefer human stimuli. Such as parents’ face, voice, touch, and even smell. Just as babies are born with a set of very useful instincts for surviving and orienting to their new environment, parents are equipped with loving, nurturing and protecting them. Parents’ touching, holding, comforting, singing and talking provide the best stimulation for babies growing brains. Because brain development is so heavily dependent on early experience, babies need receive the right kind of nurturing through parents’ loving and parenting instincts.

Although all parents want to make their baby smarter, scientists have not discovered any special way for enhancing the natural building phase in children’s brain development so far. Normally, loving and responsive care giving provide babies with the ideal environment for encouraging their selves’ exploration, which is always the best way to learning.

Language as a kind of stimulation has been proven to make a difference. Infants and children who are conversed with, read to, and engaged in lots of verbal interaction show more advanced linguistic skills than children who are not. Because language is fundamental to most of the rest of cognitive development, talking and listening to children is one of the best ways to make the most of their critical brain-building years.
Reading to children is crucial for their brain development. It is never too early to introduce books to a child. It is very important to nurture the emergent literacy of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. These are some tips that parents can help children to build their literacy skills, which contributes to children’s brain development.

For babies and toddlers,

  • Sing nursery songs to help developing a young child’s ear for language.
  • Read aloud to the child for a few minutes at a time, gradually increase later on.
  • Play music and audio books to the child.
  • Use picture books and point to things and name them.
  • Ask questions, such as “What is it?” or “what is it doing?”
  • Set aside a regularly scheduled time each day for reading, such as before bedtime, make it a part of the child’s routine.
  • Let the child play toys including electronic ones.
  • Take toddlers to libraries and bookstores for story hour.

For preschoolers,

  • Tell stories to them.
  • Encourage the child to join in while parents read, let him/her fill in a rhyming word or repeating line.
  • Ask questions, such as “What do you think is going to happen next?” or “Did you know why it happened?”
  • Move your finger under the words as you read aloud to help preschoolers connect printed words to spoken words.
  • Begin teaching the letters of the alphabet, starting with those in the child’s name.
  • Draw pictures and name them using letters and words.
  • Play audio and videos programs.
  • Encourage the child read picture books, and ask parents questions.
  • Let the child play toys including electronic ones with multimedia features.
  • Introduce the child good online contents, such as games, video programs.
  • Take preschoolers to libraries and bookstores frequently.

4 thoughts on “Tips for Parents in Helping Children’s Brain Development

  1. 初めての子育てに自信がなかったので、妊娠中から、あらゆる育児書を読みましたが、抽象的な子育て論が多く、情報が入ってくるだけで、自分のすべきことがまとまらず、分からないことばかりだったので、出産後、手探り状態で子育てをしていました。この文書を読んだともう言葉が出ないほど、感激しました。有難うございます。


    [english]
    I am a first-time mother, I did not have confidence in pregnancy and parenting, I read a lot of books on child care, most of them are too theoretic and abstract to me, and the information is just coming into my head then going away. After giving birth, it was so hard for me to raise my baby. I read this post, really get inspired. Thank you so much!
    [/english]
    [chinese]
    我第一次为人父母没有信心,在怀孕时,读了好几本关于育儿的书,养育子女的理论很抽象,我真不知道如何是好。生完孩子后对育儿真是手足无措。看了这篇短文,增强了信心。非常感谢您。
    [/chinese]

  2. ご熱心なお母さんですね。


    [english]
    Your are a enthusiastic mother.
    [/english]
    [chinese]
    您真是位热心的妈妈。
    [/chinese]

  3. 很好!要有计划,又不失时机的陪孩子一起学,一起玩,一起参加各种活动,培养孩子自觉自愿学习的爱豪和能力.切忌,孩子问问题时,不认真回答!


    [english]
    Very good! Have a plan, take every opportunity to play and learn with kids together, encourage kids to participate in various activities, help them to love learning. Must remember, when kids ask questions, answer them seriously!
    [/english]
    [japanese]
    すばらしい!計画を立てて、できるだけ子供と一緒に勉強したり、遊んだりします。様々な活動に参加させ、子供に勉強の面白さを教え、興味を持たせます。注意しなければならないことは、子供が質問したときに、子供に真剣に答えを出すことです!
    [/japanese]

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