Why do children learn best from their parents?
Did you know that your children learn better with you than anyone else? That’s right, as parents you are your child’s first and most important educator! You know your child better than anyone, and because young children learn through play, you are best placed to provide them with the toys and play games that they are interested in.
Parents are so important to a child’s learning that early years settings are actively encouraged to include parents' views when considering how best to meet a child’s needs because of the extensive evidence that when parents are included, children learn the most! You can read some of the guidance early years settings are given on involving ‘Parents as Partners’ here. So as we approach Mother’s Day this year, give yourselves an extra pat on the back, not only do we at Rosa & Bo think you’re doing an amazing job… it’s scientifically proven!
Why do children learn the most from their parents?
Children learn the best when they feel safe, secure and loved. Who better to help your child feel all of these things than their parents?! You grew your baby, you are their home, and they are hardwired to connect with you. Many moons ago, when babies were being born in caves, it wouldn’t have been safe for them to be alone, so from an evolutionary perspective, it just makes sense that they will want to be with you! Having you nearby means that children can feel safe, and when they feel safe they are able to take on new information and learn new skills.
As children grow and develop they may experience separation anxiety, being away from you makes them feel unsafe. Separation anxiety is typical for babies at around nine months, but it’s not uncommon for children of all ages to feel this anxiety at different times of their life. The good news is there are some things you can do to support your child’s sense of security.
How can I help my child to feel safe and secure?
It’s important that children feel safe and secure so that their nervous system can be regulated, if children have too much of the stress hormone that’s triggered when they feel unsafe, studies have shown this actually inhibits the brain growth of children and overall development. You can help your child to feel safe by being consistent with your behaviour and routines so that children can begin to learn what to expect at different times of the day.
One of the earliest routines that tend to be established is the bedtime routine. Reading a book after a bath is a lovely way to wind down and signal to your child that it’s time for sleep. Our book ‘Rosa & Bo Say Hello’ is the perfect length for a bedtime story for under-twos!
Mother’s Day is the ideal time to snuggle up with your little ones and enjoy a good book and a cuddle, safe in the knowledge you’re enhancing their development at the same time. We know it’s not easy and we see what an incredible job you are doing as a parent and we are so honoured to be part of your parenting journey. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!
This blog has been written by our Resident Play Expert here at Rosa & Bo, Sarah Doman. Sarah is a Hypnobirth and Early Years Expert. She helps families from pregnancy to children of school age to give birth and parent with confidence. You can find her on social media @sarahldoman .