Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Parent to Parent: Developing Your Baby's Brain
It's no secret, being a parent is competitive. We all want to see our children at the head of the class. But there's more to building a baby's brain than flashcards and videos. In tonight's Parent to Parent, Dr. Debbie tells us learning your ABC's begins with lots of TLC.
WSVN--Brijette Buigas has been learning her ABC's since she was born. Now at 22-months, mom Michelle is already pushing other forms of learning.
Michelle Buigas: "I bought her a lot of videos that are learning videos and started incorporating with her Disney Channel moments at least one video a day."
But that's not all. Michelle also reads to Brijette plenty of books...And is teaching her daughter both English and Spanish.
Michelle Buigas: "I don't want her to fall behind I want her to be on top of her age group."
But parents you don't have to have a set curriculm. If you want your baby to get ahead in school, start teaching them from the moment they're born. 7 parenting expert Dr. Debbie Glasser, says parents are a child's most important teachers.
Dr. Debbie Glasser: "Every experience they have is a learning experience. They're natural born learners and the good news is that parents have everything they need to nurture their baby's growth and development."
Dr. Debbie says the opportunities to teach are endless. In the first few months, start by reading, singing and talking to your baby.
Dr. Debbie Glasser: "The primary goal during the very earliest months is developing a sense of trust."
At six months, look for activities where you can look at your baby eye to eye. You should also work on motorskills by playing grabbing games. By nine months, babies can pick things up, so let them do just that. Then once they're a year old, expose your child to various experiences like a park one day, and your backyard another.
Dr. Debbie Glasser: "Don't expect that the only teachable moments that are valuable are the ones that involve say reading or counting."
By toddler and pre-school age, try playing word and rhyming games. Include plenty of repitition, but keep the lessons playful.
Dr. Debbie Glasser: "When you do all those things. He will grow and thrive in a way thats most appropriate for him."
Michelle And Brijette Love To Learn By Playing Music, Singing, Dancing, And Of Course, Having Fun.
Michelle Buigas: "Her daddy would love for her to go to M.I.T. thats for sure and i would love it if she explored a little bit of everything. As long as she's happy doing whatever it is that shes studying."
Parents, one last tip, make sure you don't overwhelm your child, and take a break if they begin to tense up or cry.
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