All children need these 10 things

There are 10 very important components that shape a childs brain for life.

Human touch is how infants know they are loved. Photo credit: Pixabay.

Human touch is how infants know they are loved. Photo credit: Pixabay.

The first three years are the most critical years of human brain development. This is the time when humans develop most of the brain cells they will use for the rest of their lives. All children are unique. Michigan State University Extension says that all children will have their individual needs, but there are 10 things every child needs.

  1.  Interaction. A nurturing relationship between a child and their parent is critical to the child’s development. The earlier you can engage a child’s brain, the greater impact you will have on the growth and development of their brain. However, an unfavorable relationship can limit a child’s brain development.
  2. Touch. Human touch is how infants know they are loved. Allowing children to touch objects in their environment also allows them to explore and learn about their surroundings. Touch sends signals to the brain, causing it to grow.
  3. Stable relationships. An ongoing, comfortable relationship with a loving adult is essential to brain development. Even physical development is affected by this relationship and can hinder physical growth without it.
  4. A safe, healthy environment. Child-proofing the home is necessary. Being aware of potential lead exposure in the home or wherever the child spends time is also important.
  5. Self-Esteem. It takes children a year and a half to learn to control their emotions. The essential thing to know is that children are like sponges. You can help them by loving, nurturing, being calm and supportive. By the age two, children know if no one has faith in them or hope for their success.
  6. Quality child care. Even if this is provided by a parent, every child needs an environment that promotes age appropriate learning experiences. Children who attend out of home care are engaged in varied ratios of other children and are cared for by workers that enjoy children.
  7. Communication. A child’s ability to communicate starts at birth when they are able to let parents know what that they need. Communication is much more than talking and can include crying, eye contact and gestures. In addition to communicating to get needs meet it’s also a way to build relationships.
  8. Play. More than anything else, children like to play and children should be encouraged to play. Play allows children to learn in their early years and believe it or not, a lot is learned through play.
  9. Music. Music stirs an emotional response between parent and children, which helps build positive brain connections. Music requires timing, language and many other developmental skills. It also has an impact on the child’s later ability to do math and think logically. Children love when you sing with them, let them make up their own songs and work with them to make their own musical instruments.
  10. Reading. You cannot begin to early! It is important to read often, even reading the same book over and over will help strengthen all their other skills and needs.

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