I think we’ve all heard that in recent years kids have been getting smarter. I hear more and more often that children have nothing to do with children of previous generations. Why is this happening? Mostly in previous years there was the notion that “babies don’t understand what you are saying”. But do babies really understand that? What are they able to perceive and how does this happen? For what reason;
Children, especially at an early age, learn through play. learn to recognize animals, learn to distinguish colors, shapes, numbers, even letters. Even the simple figures that one might wonder about their usefulness have something to teach the child. When we play with a baby and put a teddy bear in front of him, we speak with different voice, we help activate the brain and its imagination. Exactly the same way dolls or any kind of figures in infancy or childhood work. The child will make a story in his mind and develop it.
Kids today have too many toys. But is it just our need to consume? Each child has his or her own abilities and skills. However, the stimuli we give him play a role. Let’s not forget that we don’t necessarily have to buy toys. We can simply create them, build them and many times even with the child themselves. Let’s not forget that children are not interested in perfection in the game, but in the game itself and the time we spend together! No matter what toys we buy we cannot replace the time we do not spend with them because of our daily stress and routine.
Think about how our children learn values through play. Values like telling the truth, sharing, respecting, appreciating, recognizing the good. So it’s not just the practical things our children can learn through play, such as colors, letters, numbers, and shapes. They are also moral. These are the principles we can give them from a very early age. And of course, fairytales and books help us a lot in this. See more at How do fairytales help your child?
Toys have evolved because we are finding new ways to manage them better, in order to teach and show our children everything we can. Certainly learning through the game should be done without stress and without constantly trying to learn something from them. We have to let them go and make the game they want, spend the time they want, without having to constantly learn. Their minds must rest as well. We should not resort to exaggerations, because so all we do is increase both ours and theirs stress.
Another important part is that of television and screens in general. In another article we will analyze the serious effects on a child. With TV we have the time to do our jobs, cook, clean, or whatever and forget the most important thing … Our children are young once and in the time we have put them in front of the screen we do not show them our love , they don’t get our feelings. So, after having lost contact with our child at the critical ages of adolescence, how do we have the requirement from our child to speak to us, to tell us his thoughts, his concerns?
Through the game children learn, but our relationships with them become stronger. The benefits of the game are endless. Play with them, play board games, hide and seek, and any other game that comes to your mind. Create your own games. A great idea is the question-and-answer game, an article you will find in our blog in the near future. This way we develop better communication between us. We learn his thoughts, his preferences, his needs, but most of all we come closer. We make it feel safer that he can speak to us, express us, open us up. Be stronger and more confident. Give him, at the same time, beautiful memories of his childhood!
It’s like being a painter and having a white canvas in front of you. This is the moment when you start dealing with your child, ideally at a young age. On this canvas you want to put the most beautiful colors, the best color combinations. How can you do this if you don’t try, experiment, don’t open your mind and horizons so you can learn? Your canvas is your child. Listen to it, understand its needs. Give him time and space. Show your love and mainly play with him, spend time together. In the end be sure that you have created a perfect project. Your “canvas” will be filled with a work worthy of the greatest painters by Picasso, Dali, Michael Angelos.
Give them the time and importance they deserve and they will amaze you. You will be really surprised, you will boast that you have the smartest child in the world and believe me it’s true… You have a very smart child because you gave him everything he needed … Love, affection, care, interest and much more, but also a lot of play …