Early Childhood Development
The importance of early childhood development can be well explained with the help of an anecdote as: Once there was a child, his teacher gave him a letter and asked him to give the letter to his mother. The child came home and gave that letter to his mother. When his mother read that letter, her eyes filled up with tears. The child asked his mother about the letter.She responded by loudly reading the letter to her child:
“Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good enough teachers to teach him. Please teach him yourself.”
Time passed and that child grew up. One day after the death of his mother he was looking through old family things, during which, he found a folded paper. He took it up and started reading. On the paper it was written:
“Your son is addled (unable to think clearly; confused), we cannot teach him anymore.
He realized the reason of her mother’s tearful eyes and cried for hours. That addled boy has become a genius of the world today, who is still being acknowledged and appreciated for his utmost precious contribution for the world. His name is Thomas Edison. Yes! Thomas Edison, the great inventor of light bulb.
Early Childhood of a Dyslexic Child
The story of Thomas Edison has opened up new windows of research to explore the reason of such wonder. A dyslexic child becomes a genius! Edison is no less than a miracle for everyone. After reading about his early years education, which was not imparted in any well known school, we need to ask our-self: why do we bother about schools? Why do we struggle to earn money and send our children to elite schools in hope of making them genius? How can we change a negative situation into a positive one that helps lead early childhood development of a child in the right direction?
Mother’s Role in Early Childhood Development
In the story of Thomas Edison, it is crystal clear that the school did not provide a platform to Edison rather his home and his mother. A mother, who very logically, wisely and patiently was able to handle the situation. A mother, whose child was suffering from a learning disability, was cured by her, who was not a doctor or a physician.
Majority of the parents are blessed with normal children, but ‘we’, with our behavior and actions make them abnormal. Today’s mother, with many facilities and opportunities, is unable to provide an environment that can foster efficient child learning process and help him to achieve his developmental milestones. The main reason being our perceptions and approach towards our children.
We are, all the time, comparing our children with others rather than comparing him with his past. We are forcing them to get 90% in exam but never encourage them to show their talent and interests. Instead of appreciating our kids for what they do good we pressurize them to do what we want from them. We never ask them of their interests, skills and goals in life. We are so focused and under pressure ourselves about their early childhood development that we start acting abnormal or super normal.
For our relaxation, we handover technological gadgets to our children badly affecting their cognitive abilities, social skills and emotional development. We mothers have everything but lack patience and positive attitude towards our kids. We try to fulfill the demands of our kids but fail to identify their developmental needs and feelings. Instead of curbing their natural instincts, which actually aids early childhood development, we need to listen to them.
Influence of Mother in Early Childhood
Dear Mothers! Search for the grey areas that need to be improved in you so to explore your child’s inner potential. Do not waste your time searching for colorful dresses for your child but use that time in adding colors in your child’s life. Don’t waste your time in making tasty food but add taste in your words. Instead of buying movie tickets become a director of your child’s life movie. Don’t sit in front of the TV and watch dramas but watch your child’s activities, enjoy and laugh!
Mom, Mum, Mummy a name that soothes one’s wounds, a name that comes first when a child is hurt and a whole universe for a child whether one is a new born baby or 90 years old.
Dear Mothers! Realize your worth. What actually makes a difference is your presence in your child’s life. Get engage and take interest in your child’s activities. Your influence plays a key role in your child’s early childhood development. Spend quality time with your child. Read stories for them, sing songs, laugh loudly with them and make them realize that you love and care for them a lot. Praise your child’s efforts towards accomplishment. Use your mind and act wisely like Thomas Edison’s mother and change the fate of your child and the world. Practice the ABC of Parenting and change the world of your child as it will help you parent your young one.
ABC of Parenting
A – Appreciate your child’s efforts
B – Be active and attentive
C – Create strong bond
D – Develop life rules
E – Evaluate your parenting style
F – Fascinate them toward studies with your actions not with words
G – Give moral support
H – Hug your child when he wakes up and when he goes to bed
I – Inculcate the roots of humanity
J – Join your child in reading books
K – Keep positive expectations and show
L – Laugh with your child loudly
M – Manage your time
N – Never use negative words
O – Orient your child about right and wrong positively
P – Provide moral support
Q – Quality time matters not quantity
R – Reflect on your behavior and modify accordingly
S – Share house chores
T – Teach your child healthy habits
U – Use different dealing techniques
V – Value your child’s feelings
W – Watch cartoon and movie together on weekend
X – Xerox and make a portfolio of your child’s activities and achievements
Y – You can do it should be your answer!
Z – Zealously celebrate your child’s minor and major achievements.