You can give every child a promising future!

Here are the 3 crucial strategies

  • Start conversations early, at birth. Start talking and engaging from day one when your baby is ready and eager to get to know you, learn with and from you. It’s never too early to talk, sing, read, and just chat away during daily routines, or when playing and getting to know each other first.
  • Have lots of meaningful conversations, talk and engage more, and more consciously. Engage in what interests the child. Strike up back and forth ‘chats’ long before your infant can understand you and talk with you. Enriching your conversations does not cost any money. Talking is cheap. It does require a conscious effort and a keen eye though, where you tune in and pick up the child’s interest to get the conversation started. Simple actions and tweaks in the way how you talk and engage can highlight what is important to learn new words, structures new concepts and give learning a boost.
  • Show your baby the real, live and attentive YOU. That’s especially important these days with so many gadgets around that are being marketed for babies and their parents to help learning. Keep in mind: Interest in a baby app or baby video, doesn’t mean that the child is actually learning. She likely is not. Science is clear: Infants and toddlers learn best with real, live people who look at them, talk with and not at them, tune in and respond back when they say and do something. The mom who sings in Parentese style with the baby, the dad who has a conversation about a book, the baby sitter who claps and praises the baby when she rolls the ball to her, and more. Carve out daily periods of focused, uninterrupted YOU-time with your baby.

Bonding, language and literacy, math, social and emotional learning – it all starts with your loving words and interactions. More conversations mean more learning opportunities for the brain which over time becomes stronger and a more powerful learning ‘machine’. As said before, the brain is like a muscle that can be built up! Start talking and engaging now.

Are poverty and poor language skills tied together? 

Good news – NO! Let me first say this: How parents talk with their young children varies across socio-economic backgrounds. Low-income parents generally face a lot more barriers than high-income parents and often lack the information and support network needed to help their child off to a good start.

Parents and other caregivers can help their infants and toddlers overcome socio-economic barriers by getting support and knowing how much they can nurture their child’s minds and brains by improving their daily conversations with them.

This brings me back to the premise we started with here: Knowledge about babies, their enormous learning abilities and the power of your conversations are the essentials that likely give every baby – even those facing obstacles – a more promising future.

How can you make a difference for your child?

By becoming more aware and paying more attention how and how much you talk and engage with your baby. Only when you are aware of how you interact, can you change and engage in new, richer ways and really make a difference in your child’s life. Talking with your child, tuning in and responding more is fun and educational. :) Start with everyday moments and simple play activities and turn them into learning and brain-building experiences by filling them with words, smiles, and more. Sing a song when you change the baby’s diaper, read aloud when she’s eating or at bed time, count the toys together as you put them away, point out and name things you see when you’re out together, smile back when she babbles, check out what oranges and apples feel, smell and look like when you’re cooking, and more. Raising a talker requires that you not ‘only’ talk and respond but that you engage all of your baby’s senses and let her explore and do things. Letting her chew on books when she’s just starting out to read is part of that. :)

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