If you have been to our parenting programs lately, you may have noticed we have been incorporating Spanish songs into our circle time! We even have a songbook of our favorite Spanish songs. Children's brains are wired to hear multiple languages and it's amazing to see how eager children are to learn colors and numbers in different languages.
We often say that parenting is the hardest job you will do! What parents often find to be the most challenging is keeping their cool and helping their child while they are in the midst of a meltdown...basically for the parent to not have their own meltdown! Tantrums can be very stressful for parents as the child is expressing their feelings in a big way.
Parenting Educators often say it takes a village to raise a child. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we want to let our families know there are so many different ways to help the children in our community. As of February, there were 331 children in out-of-home and foster care in Sarasota County, according to the Family Safety Alliance. More than half of these children are between the ages of birth and 5.
At Forty Carrots, Parenting Educators often say that music lights up both sides of the brain. Science backs this and emphasizes the importance of signing and enjoying music with infants and children. Music stimulates the neural networks and actually makes connections in the brain, preparing a child’s ear, voice, and brain for language.
Play is important work for your child's development. It provides an opportunity for you and your little one to bond, while also stimulating the brain and forming connections between nerve cells. Play is amazing work!
Research shows that reading to young children has many benefits. Not only are you building an early foundation for literacy and language, but the quality time spent together reading enhances attachment and strengthens the relationship between the reader and the baby. Parenting educators talk a lot of about early literacy during our classes, but that does not mean we expect babies to read!
As parents, we often talk about how to help our little ones manage their emotions. It is a task that we help them practice when they have big feelings or encounter difficult situations. However, we sometimes forget that the way we handle our own emotions is just as important.
You have likely heard how important naps are in the first few years of life – this much needed downtime is essential for brain development and emotional regulation. However, successful naps are not always easy. Age, temperament, and opportunity are just a few things that can impact the quality and quantity of naps; and what naps look like for one child will most likely be different than another.
Because the concept of “sorry” is not something children can hold in their hands and touch, it is very difficult for them to understand. Children first have to understand empathy in order to be able to genuinely apologize.
Our language is a complex system of sounds, rhythms, pitches, and syllables. In an effort to engage babies in learning and understanding language, parents and caregivers often create their own way of communicating that we know as “baby talk” or “motherese.” Babies seem to prefer listening to this “sing song” speech; but parents may wonder if baby talk helpful in teaching children language.