While growing up, phrases like ‘college scholarship’ and ‘academic achievement’ used to mean everything to our parents and now they’ve turned into a new form of baby talk; being the topic of conversation for all new parents. Couples are obsessed from the moment they first become parents to raise their children to become super-smart scientists, lawyers or engineers, and they are ready to go to any lengths to achieve that.
But while many parents use flash cards and videos to help expand their kids’ intellectual horizons, these commercial tools are not enough in themselves to create a stimulating environment for your little ones. You’ll be surprised to know how some of the simple everyday activities listed below can help develop your children’s brain power.
Too Much Telly May Not be a Good Thing
When you’ve had a long tiring day, and you simply cannot give you kid your full attention, you may be tempted to leave them in front of the television for a few hours to keep them preoccupied with the baby shows that provide their brain stimulation through intense audio and visual affects, but recent research has shown that too much television – even if it’s merely children’s shows and cartoons – may be bad for infants. This is mainly due to the fact that their brains are still in developing stages and are not able to handle abrupt flashes of colors and rapid movement of visuals and may be affected negatively by them.
Give Your Child Some Downtime
I know you’ve been excited to get your kid’s brain stimulated from the moment you found out that you were pregnant but there is such a thing as overdoing it. Even since the theory about electric wires in unborn infants was created, parents have been trying to make their kids smart before they even come into the world by reading stories and playing ‘ brain stimulating’ music close to the womb. Make sure that after a few hours of playing around feverishly, your infant also gets time to catch their breath and allows their brain to relax after hours of hyperactivity. This downtime is crucial for babies since their brains have to work harder throughout the day than the adults.
Engage in Playtime with your Baby
It doesn’t always need to be flashcards and videos to captivate your baby’s interest; you can also engage in simple and playful activities such as singing and reading baby stories which are not only stimulating but also soothing to the babies’ minds. Playing can also be great for children’s muscular and emotional development – think about all those times that your funny animal sounds made your little one giggle.