Why your child’s development is slower than you expected
The first six years of your child’s life is very important. Good education and stimuli form character and abilities are developed. As the saying goes, ‘Give me a child for for his first seven years and I’ll give you the man”.
Human innate abilities are infinite during infancy. As we grow, it decreases and once we are older, such innate abilities cannot be retrieved.
At birth, babies possess genius abilities. If unused, it will disappear. If children are encouraged from young, the chances for their innate abilities to grow will greatly increase. This is the Law of Diminishing Ability. When you consider child-rearing during infancy, providing stimuli is incredibly important. If you do not encourage the child, the brain will lose its wonderful abilities and qualities. It will make a great difference in the long run.
If a positive environment is provided for children from young, their intelligence will develop. But, if they are left on their own, intelligence will not develop and it will be difficult for them to learn. Human abilities are at their greatest during infancy and will gradually diminish over time.
What are your concerns? Is your child is not speaking much? Does your child have issues concentrating on activities?
Points to note if you can relate to the above concerns:
- Is your child given more screen time than your time? While you may be providing educational
activities, apps and programs on Ipad, iphone and TV, that may not be as helpful as you think. Especially with TV. It is a one-way communication which will not encourage your child to talk or interact. Unlike spending time with you. You will be asking questions, seeking acknowledgement and replies from your child. That will require and encourage your child to respond.
Instead of TV, try the following:
- Music – learning songs, classical music, nursery rhymes
- Audio books
- Books or music in other languages – if that is an additional language that you wish your child to acquire
- Spend 20 minutes a day engaging with your child – talk about things around you, talk about the experience your child might be going through with you eg. shopping, driving, preparing dinner
- Is your child having pureed food for too long? Note that the chewing action is necessary and an important ‘exercise’ for the jaw. That will help with speech. Children improve their biting and chewing skills over a period of 1-2 years. They begin with these early stages between 8 and 12 months. Gradually they develop better coordination and strength that enables them to eat increasingly more complex foods.
- A child’s attention span is generally their age plus one minute. Being able to pay attention is not an age factor. It is something that requires training and exposure. Excessive time infront of the TV can affect their attention span too. TV will have constant changes in pictures andscenes. A human interaction pales in comparison to a TV. Hence, to a child who is exposed constantly to TV, listening or interacting with a human is ‘boring’.