Just how big is the responsibility?
The decisions you make today will not only affect your child’s life but the lives of many generations to come. Expanding your family provides not only the opportunity to experience all the joys and wonders that parenting brings, but also to leave a legacy. If parenting were a career, countless hours would be dedicated to mastering the skills required.
Outsourcing parenting challenges to professionals makes sense. Today’s generation of parents seek advice from pediatricians, therapists, parenting coaches and sleep specialists, hoping to achieve a higher standard of care for their baby. There are no guarantee's, no promises of perfect parenting or a baby prodigy, genius child, but simply an opportunity to excel at the most important job on the planet.
Pre-school programs are now more challenging than ever. Waiting lists for top school’s begin before a child is born. Competition seems to be everywhere. The reality for our children is that the bar just gets higher and higher. The chance of our children one day getting into an ivy league college becomes less likely with each generation. For the first time in history children are no longer exceeding the level of education or success of their parents. Many question the standard of education in our schools and the pressure young children are put under to achieve success. Homework in kindergarten, combined with less play time is the topic of every mom’s group. I guess the question is, how does one avoid the rigorous academic programs for their child and still have them compete at on a global scale at an advanced level later on in life.
Several studies have been done to measure the affects of early education and have been proven to provide significant advantages for young children. During the first three years of life, a baby’s brains develops at an incredibly fast rate. These are moments when windows of opportunity for accelerated learning can be captured. Children who are raised in highly nurturing homes have a higher IQ and a larger brain. Children who learn baby sign language from the age of six months and up have three times the vocabulary at the age of three than many of their peers. In scientific studies the brain was noted to have a 30% larger hippocampus at 15 months. These babies can focus better and manage emotions more efficiently, they learn to self regulate allowing them to take in their environment and learn more efficiently.
“For the first time in history, children are no longer exceeding the level of education or success, of their parents."
These concepts can be taught by parents, nannies or stay at home mom’s and are popping up everywhere as “early home-schooling programs.” Pre-school readiness is a benefit you can give your child before they leave home. This provides them with a “leg up” through an enriching, nurturing, home environment where babies and toddlers learn best. Baby classes are ideal for socialization, but for many babies these stimulating environments are filled with distractions and often limit the amount of information they are able to absorb. The ideal combination of “serve and respond” interactions and lessons with mommy in a quiet learning space at home, combined with discovery and sensory play, with the occasional baby class, is far better for your young child.
This new and innovative technique for early learning really isn't that new! The principles go back to studying primates and identifying how animals learn best. By taking a step back and teaching the way nature intend us to learn, while applying new concepts in the right format at the right time, during specific windows of opportunity you can significantly impact your child’s developing brain. The approach is combined with not just meeting, but exceeding the needs of your baby, and extending care beyond sleep solutions and parent coaching. With access to early developmental care experts and educational coordinators, baby’s and toddler’s can have the best of both worlds. A loving nurturing environment and accelerated learning at the same time. With guidance for emotional regulation and behavioral management your baby learns to use mindfulness to connect to the environment. While improving basic concepts and laying the foundation for learning, your child will be well prepared for pre-school and able to function at a higher level. Learning at a faster rate and absorbing more information when challenged to do so in the academic world.
Creating the perfect learning environment at home takes time and dedication. Having a roadmap and age appropriate curriculum, is necessary. Accountability and weekly check in’s are needed to make sure the right “fit” is made and adjusted for your baby’s individual needs every week, as you know, baby’s change quickly! When your baby or toddler can experience pre-school through a different forum, they also benefit from the nurturing aspects that are so critical at this young age. By providing you with the tools to have exceptional parenting skills, while maximizing your baby's potential in all areas of development through early learning and discovery play, you can avoid the craziness of early pre-school and academic pressure on your toddler.