Parents can be extra sensitive about every little thing that their kids do. This is especially true for first-time parents who are just learning the ropes. When something odd happens, or their child does something that doesn't seem to be good, they can get deeply concerned. But the truth is, not every one of these things is actually bad.
In fact, a lot of these events are actually very important for a child's cognitive, social, or motor development. In short, children need an assortment of opportunities to build these important developments, even if they seem to not do a kid any good. The most common example of something that parents think is bad but that can actually be good for development is when a child takes a tumble. This list will delve into the reasons why taking a tumble can actually be good for a child. Additionally, it will talk about 19 other things that parents may be worried about but are actually pretty important. All of the sources are listed at the bottom of this article, but that doesn't mean that one shouldn't do their own research. Without further ado, here are Kids Taking A Tumble And 19 Other Things That Can Actually Help Them With Their Development.
There are multiple reasons why taking a tumble is good for a child's development. First and foremost, it teaches kids how to learn to pick themselves up. This is important because they will have to do this many times in life, whether they are physically picking themselves up or emotionally picking themselves up. They will also learn pain management from falling. As they age, they will learn that not every tumble requires waterworks and yelling. All that you need to do while they are young is to make sure that they learn how to fall properly. This means that they should fall backward and bend their knees. Then bend their trunk forwards and lift their head which will allow them to sit versus falling and bonking their heads.
Babies and toddlers absolutely love playing with everyday objects. Some parents may find this a little strange. After all, how could a wooden spoon be all that exciting? Well, to little kids, it absolutely is. Not only that but playing with regular household tools and toys has greater developmental advantages than one would have thought. First of all, playing with these items allows them to understand shapes, as well as heaviness or lightness. Additionally, they can also begin to comprehend the function of each object. This is why parents should actually encourage their kids to play with these everyday items. In fact, getting them a bunch of Tupperware is a good idea. Then they can attempt to place the right lids on each piece.
Most adults (although certainly not all) have learned to master their emotions. They know what the proper response is to any given circumstance. But this isn't the same for kids. They are just learning this. And they need to play around with the levels of each reaction in order to figure it out. Not every boo-boo requires a big cry. Eventually, they will learn that. But parents need to learn to let them move through their big emotions, whether they are positive or negative. Early childhood educator Janet Lansbury has an appropriate phrase for when kids display these big feelings. She suggests that parents “Let feelings be” by not reacting in a way that stops them from experiencing what they are feeling.
Like most adults, toddlers, as well as babies, thrive on consistency and knowing what's around the corner. So, it's pretty natural for a kid to demand to stick to a certain routine, even if that routine seems like something that can be altered. Parents often have an issue with this because it feels out of the norm. But experts believe it's part of their development. This is how they will learn to work important thing into their everyday routine. Such things would be hygiene maintenance, health, and exercise, eating, and even socializing. So, if your kid remains unmoved when you tried to alter their schedule a little, don't think it's anything out of the normal.
Okay, let's face it, kids do all sorts of icky things with their bodies at home and even in public. These icky things could be scratching or picking at areas that either shouldn't be picked or left for the bathroom. Encouraging kids to use a tissue, or go somewhere private to do what they're doing is important, but telling them what they're doing is wrong is something that isn't all that helpful. After all, what they're doing is part of their development. They are exploring their bodies and figuring out how everything works. This is important as they will be spending the most time in their own skin than anywhere else.
Remember that scene in Get Him To The Greek where Russell Brand tells Jonah Hill's character to calm down by touching the fuzzy wall? Well, this is something that was appropriate since it brought his character back to his earliest developmental state. Kids are always transfixed by how things feel. They may touch some pretty weird objects just to understand what the sensation is. Understanding textures is a very basic part of their developmental process and are pretty important. So, if you find your kid rubbing their blankets against their face, or even touching carpets, lamps, and pipe cleaners, it's all pretty standard.
For children, every moment can be turned into playtime. Eating? Well, they can shmear their food across their face and pretend to be a tar monster. Teeth brushing? Well, they can talk with their mouths full of toothpaste and make funny noises. How about putting shoes on? Well, they can tie daddy's shoelaces together and make him late for work. Children are totally focused on playing. It may seem unimportant, but it's actually part of their development. This is how they test the limits of their world. This is how they build their creativity and understand how to laugh and feel joy. This is where they truly learn how to be alive.
Although we're just spoken about how important playing is to kids, we should probably go back to the time they were too little to really goof around. Babies like to play too, but playing goes beyond the simple novelty of it. It's actually very important to their development. Especially, playing peek-a-boo and tickling. This is where they first understand how to take a joke and how laughter is triggered, and how joyful it can be. They find out that laughter comes from being slightly uncomfortable (i.e. "where is my mom?" Or, "that spot is sensitive and ticklish"). Additionally, it further develops the connection between parent and child, and tickling and peek-a-boo are two people games.
You may be taken aback by the fact that it can actually be really good for children to watch the weather. This is odd since weather watching seems to be a pretty mundane thing. But to children, the mundane can be vital to their growth. Weather watching helps them to better understand their environment as well as basic science; i.e. rain means one gets damp. Or, wind means things move in a certain direction.
It's important for children to understand how the weather works. The best way for them to begin to comprehend this is when their parents make it a daily activity. So, take a few minutes to look out the window and describe the weather and get them to explain why certain things are happening outside. It can be fascinating to them.
You've probably heard the old adage, "Imitation is the highest form of flattery." Well, in the case of children, not only is this true, but it's also important to their development. Kids will often imitate the things that their mother and father do. This is because these tend to be the two most consistent people in their lives and therefore the prime examples of who they should be when they grow up.
According to Howard Klein, M.D., director of behavioral pediatrics at Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore, in the first few years of their lives, kids will imitate both of their parents, but once they start to understand their gender, they will gravitate to their corresponding parent. This is where they'll learn basic things that their parents do every day. A lot of these things will be stored in their subconscious until they're old enough to do them; i.e. shaving.
Without a doubt, grocery shopping with children is one of the most hassle-ridden activities parents tend to do on a weekly basis. This is because kids are always running around the store, bothering other customers, and pulling things off of shelves. Although they need to learn how to control themselves in public places such as the supermarket, their behavior there is actually part of their development. This especially goes for pulling things off of shelves. This is because they are beginning to understand how heavy or light each object is. They are also learning to actively take part in a daily activity that they will need to know how to do when they grow up.
Every parent knows what it's like to be scrambling to get their kids out the door and learn that their kids haven't even put their shoes on yet. They are too busy reading, playing games, or simply sitting around. This can be really annoying to parents. And it's a type of behavior that kids will need to learn how to adjust. But they are also developing something that practically every adult needs to re-learn. They are actually learning to be carefree and live in the moment. Responsibilities are what define us, as we either fulfill them or we don't, but experiencing the moment we are in is also important. Kids eventually will need to find the balance as we all do.
Some kids will literally spend hours on end drawing photos of everyone they know for everyone they know. They will draw things that they see, Things that they've experienced, things that they dream, and the things that they've read about. And this is a beautiful thing. First and foremost, they are developing hand-eye coordination when they are drawing, as well as understand colors and how they represent feelings as well as how they are represented in the world. But they are also exploring their creativity and allowing themselves to show how much they care and love the people that are around them. So, endless drawing is important for both the physical and metaphysical development of their brains and bodies.
Speaking of hand-eye coordination, as much as it may upset parents to learn, playing video games can be a positive thing. Of course, playing too many video games is a downright bad thing as they can bother sight development as well as physical interaction. But for young kids, these games can be incredibly educational. For slightly older kids, they can offer an assortment of valuable developmental lessons. Games like The Legend of Zelda provides children the chance to think creatively as hurdles come up. This, after all, is a main part of the game. Depending on how the game is structured, it can also be a good way for them to meet people as well as learn a thing or two about the way they express themselves. Just be mindful of how much time they spend on these things and who they are interacting with.
From the time they are babies all the way until they are tweens, kids have a tendency to create strange concoctions with their foods. This could mean that they are placing two flavors together that have no business being together. It could also mean that they are creating foods out of non-edible things such as mud or Play-Doh. But this is supremely natural as well as important for their development. Ultimately, they are learning the basic skills they need to cook for themselves. They are understanding presentation, texture, shape, and most importantly, flavor. After all, once they taste that mud pie, they will learn pretty fast that it's not appetizing. Additionally, they are developing their creativity as cooking tends to be one of the most creative things that any of us do on a day-to-day basis. That is unless we are always eating at McDonalds.
At the age of seven, most kids begin to develop the skills to think more logically. no longer are they constantly giving in to their animalistic and Id-like desires. They are beginning to factor in the lessons they've learned from their environment and their genetics. Socially, they also begin to understand that their actions have consequences. Their emotions begin to mature and they are a little more adult-like. All of this factors into their constant desire to be detectives.
This could mean that they are playing detective games or it could mean that they are interloping on situations in order to try and solve problems. This is how their brains are developing. It's important for them to move through this.
Storytelling is one of our oldest and most advanced ways to intellectually evolve, emotionally grow, have a laugh, or know what it's like to be afraid. In short, storytelling is probably one of the most important things in the lives of a child and an adult. But for children, telling stories can be a great way for them to work on their communication skills, as well as figure out languages themselves. This is why parents should encourage their children to tell stories. These stories can be about what they did throughout the day, what they'd hope to do, or something completely made-up. This also works the other way around as studies have shown that kids who are read to as well as spoken to a great deal during early childhood will have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who weren't.
At the family dinner table, one is likely to hear one or two of these phrases: "Sit still!", "Stop sword-fighting with your forks", "Don't jump on the table." During bedtime, one is also likely to hear similar phrases. The same goes for bath time, school time, car time etc. etc. This is because kids love to move around. They are constantly doing it. They can't be in one place for very long. But this is because it's part of their physical and cognitive development. They will learn how to sit still and focus eventually, but it's a process for them. Their minds are going a hundred miles an hour because they haven't been on for very long. This is all new to them. But that's part of the fun.
There's a reason why so many kid's toys have sound effects. This is because kids are very curious about sounds. After all, they are learning about them for the very first time. This is why they gravitate toward things that make sounds. Learning about the cause and effect that sounds have is imperative for their cognitive development. This is one of the most important ways they will learn how to relate to one another, when it's time to relax, or when something bad is going on. A child who is between the ages of 10 - 12 months may go on a rampage of imitating these sounds. This is part of how they learn about them. As a parent, getting them to identify sounds is vital.
Sing-a-longs are also very important for a child's development in many areas. Similar to their obsession with sounds, sing-a-longs is one of the ways that kids learn what the effects of letters are to language. Sing-a-longs are also a great way for them to promote memory development as well as word identification. Additionally, sing-a-longs tend to involve some sort of story structure within the song. This means that a kid will feel the peaks and valleys of telling a story, feeling emotion, and how life itself works. After all, it's never a straight line. So, parents should encourage their kids to participate in sing-a-longs, as they can be very helpful for a child's cognitive and emotional development, not to mention, they can be fun.
Sources: Friendship Circle, Parents, Psychology Today, Parents, Developing Children.Harvard.EU, Parents/toddlers, Developmental Gym, Understood.org, KidsHealth.org, Gov.BC, Nurture and Thrive, Parents/Imitation, MathRider