Did you know that 90 percent of the brain is developed by the age of five?
Which means the first 2000 days mark a period of amazing development in a child’s life.
Let’s talk about The Science of Early Childhood Development & the important role of parents which every new parent must know.
Its critical for every child to have a really strong start during, what I call as GOLDEN days and hence the role of parents becomes extremely important for building the foundation for their child’s future learning, development, and success
A child’s experiences during the earliest years of life have a lasting impact on the architecture of the developing brain.
Harvard Scientific research proves that your child’s Early Experiences Make a Difference!
Experiences impact how a child’s brain is constructed and determine whether there is a strong or weak foundation for future development.
What experience are the Harvard scientists talking about?
They mean loving interactions young children have with the adults in their lives. Like parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, neighbours, etc
When you talk with an infant, play with a toddler, the way you engage with a child in a conversation, you are contributing to shaping the connections in their brain.
Brain construction takes off from there, as brain cells connect to form a strong network.
How exactly are these networks formed?
At birth a baby has billions of brain cells, about one hundred billion of them, to be precise. The cells are there, impatiently waiting to connect and communicate but they need a little help.
Yes, you guessed it right. They need your help.
The infant’s interactions with the adults in his life, give shape to the networks of connections. Language-rich interactions with loving adults lead to strong connections of the neurons or brain cells.
After this, sensory pathways like those for basic vision and hearing develops first, followed by early language skills and higher cognitive functions.
So, to wrap up science tells us that the best way children learn is by engaging with your child through powerful and responsible interactions throughout the day every day.
Think of these everyday interactions as the building blocks of the relationships you develop with your child. Young children experience the world through the relationships they form with the very important people in their lives. You as a parent impact their motivation to learn, their confidence, their feelings about others, their ability to resolve conflicts, and their developing personalities and identities.
The words you use, the questions you ask, stories you read, and activities you plan all contribute to building the foundational skills children will use for a lifetime.
So, keep interacting responsibly with your child & see your child bloom.