TIPS FOR FAMILIES

Encourage Interaction

Babies and children are eager to connect with you. Every opportunity to interact with your child is an opportunity to support their brain development and show them you care. The more interaction a child has, the healthier their development will be.

Read to Your
Child

Reading demonstrates a love for books and is a wonderful way to spend time with your child. Reading also promotes your child’s speech, communication and concentration skills.

Provide a Stable Relationship

A stable relationship is predictable and loving. It allows children to depend on you and helps them feel safe and secure. Children with a stable relationship are more successful in learning and managing their behaviors.

Develop Self Esteem

Self-esteem is like a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. It helps a child feel successful. When children have a strong self esteem, they are able to have healthy relationships and cope with challenges.

Promote
Play

Playing lets children use their imagination and creativity. Children also learn about the world through play, try new skills and improve their communication.

Support Emotional Growth

Children with healthy emotional growth are able to express and manage a lot of different emotions. They are able to cope with transitions and respond to emotional or stressful situations.

Engage in Conversation

Children start to learn languages from the moment they are born. Communicating with your child shows that you love them. It also promotes your child’s speech, communications and reading skills.

Encourage Art, Music & Dance

Art, music and dance are great ways for your child to express their feelings and show their individuality. They also support your child’s brain development through new experiences and new ways to think.

Take Care of Yourself

Sometimes being a parent can be overwhelming and exhausting. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will have a hard time taking care of your child.

Give Physical Affection

All children need touch and affection. Physical affection communicates love and promotes healthy emotional growth.

Promote Health and Safety

There are a lot of things you can do to help your child grow up healthy and stay out of harm. Here are just a few examples.

Choose Quality Child Care

Finding a quality childcare setting is important. A good quality childcare will encourage your child’s development and learning in all the ways listed above.