Theoretically, at the time of their birth, a child knows absolutely nothing. Apart from a survival instinct, which is apparently one of the best gifts imbed upon each one of us by the almighty, children are a blank slate – waiting to be written. Though, however overwhelming it might sound, but the fact is everything our child will learn will be from what we teach. Moreover, the truth is, the learning cycle is never-ending as there are a plethora of opportunities to learn from. Starting from the toys and music which surround a child since their birth to development of different parts of their brains. One cannot hide from the fact that a parent is child’s one of the primary teachers. It’s a responsibility which one cannot run away from and has to be fulfilled with utmost consideration.
One thing that I have experienced over the years is that to make a child familiar with various concepts and intricacies of the subject, they have to be involved with in lessons. Learning, or for that matter almost any activity, should be interactive. For instance, teaching a child how to kick a ball requires a primary effort from the parent where they initiate by kicking the ball themselves, or developing a child’s reading habit can only be nurtured by parents constantly reading out a story to their children.
Learning a second language – in this global world, where children are always competing with each other to learn new skills – is always beneficial for a child. In addition to that, with more youngsters choosing to study abroad, learning a second language will always be advantageous for them in the latter stages of their career. It is not to say that these things are easy for parents to adjust to, however, if they have the zeal to teach their child, any effort won’t go wasted. And, it is still a parent’s responsibility and job to find a way for their child to interactively learn new language.
In early childhood settings, each moment that parents and children interact with one another is an opportunity to develop positive relationships. Parents can use a variety of strategies to build positive relationships with children. Actions such as listening to children, making eye contact with them, and engaging in many one-to-one, face-to-face interactions with young children promotes secure parent-child relationship. Talking to children using pleasant, calm voices and simple language, and greeting children warmly when they arrive help establish secure relationships between parents and a child. It is paramount for parents to use developmentally and exclusive strategies that take into consideration children’s differing needs, interests, styles, and abilities. For instance, with infants and toddlers, by responding to their cries or other signs of distress, parents let children know they care about them, and are always there to support them.
For parents, teaching children with interaction and everything they need to be prepared for their own life, is a big responsibility and one to be taken very seriously. We have to take that and do all we can to teach our child as much as possible. Each day comes in with its own set of challenges but the sight of our child succeeding in life or comprehensively learning a new skill is a feeling not to be undermined by any individual.