early childhood development neuroscience of early childhood brain development and why parents matter so much

Early Childhood Development: Help Baby’s Brain to Grow

Peace at Home May 6, 2018

The mind is a social entity. Children’s brains grow and thrive through interactions with their parents and other caregivers.

Want to raise a happy, lifelong learner?

Keep these ideas in mind…

1. Happy voices support early childhood development.

Taking care of babies is a big job. Infants depend on caregivers for everything, every minute. Understandably, parents can easily become stressed, tired and overwhelmed. Yet, we know that harsh and angry words can confuse infants and interfere with early childhood development.

In contrast, loving interactions with caring adults actually stimulate infants’ brains and help them meet important baby milestones. Warm, nurturing interactions cause neural connections to get stronger and new connections to grow!

Your mood matters.

So ask for help when needed, find ways to get a break, and learn brain calming practices that will soothe both you and baby.

2. Your baby’s curiosity needs your attention to grow.

Babies are born curious about the world. But, whether that curiosity thrives depends on how you and other caregivers respond.

If your child becomes interested in a leaf on the ground, she will lose interest if you ignore that little leaf. That leaf might be familiar to you, but it is a source of fascination for your baby.

If you get excited about your child’s discovery, he is powerfully motivated to learn more.

Sharing your child’s enthusiasm for learning is one important way that parents help build lifelong learners. And parents who are interested in children’s learning tend to raise more cooperative children.

3. Your baby’s learning is supported by routines.

While children certainly thrive on new experiences, predictable routines are also beneficial to early childhood development.

Some people naturally live their lives with regular daily routines, and others feel stifled by doing the same thing every day.

Whichever you are, it is important to know that routines help babies learn and grow. In families with daily routines, parents and children tend to be more connected to one another and children are generally more cooperative.


For more parenting support, please join us for an Upcoming Live Class  or browse our Catalog of Recorded Content including Quick Video Solution Libraries with handouts.  Questions? Email us at Solutions@Peaceathomeparenting.com   

TAGS

Related Posts

Peace at Home

3 Steps to Happy Holidays with Young Children

The holiday season can be a time of great joy and great stress, especially for families with young

Peace at HomeNovember 19 , 2022
Peace at Home

Let’s stop trying to fix children’s mental health

Post-pandemic children and teens are struggling with alarming rates of anxiety and depression as well as suicide. Because

Peace at HomeOctober 25 , 2022
Peace at Home

Finding the Right Therapist Can Be Like Speed

The search for the right therapist can be a lot like speed dating. It can feel tedious, exhausting,

Peace at HomeOctober 24 , 2022
Peace at Home

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is October 10th and the theme for 2022 is “Make mental health and wellbeing

Peace at HomeOctober 07 , 2022
Peace at Home

Does Peace At Home Parenting make you nervous?

Here at Peace At Home we sometimes worry about making you nervous. Let’s talk about it. If you

Peace at HomeSeptember 30 , 2022
Peace at Home

A Perfect Storm for U.S. Working Families

Children’s Mental Health Crisis and Working Parent Burnout: Companies Can Help One definition of a perfect storm is

Peace at HomeAugust 22 , 2022

Join our mailing lists for more parenting tips