If you didn’t know this and are intrigued to know why it is so, this article is totally meant for you. Yep, you read it right! Your child develops the most during the first five years post birth. This playful period is what paediatricians and psychologists call the most crucial period of learning and understanding for a child. There is a reason why doctors emphasise on paying special attention to children when they are toddlers.
Let’s break it down to 6 important reasons for why your child needs your attention the most during the first 5 years
1. Rapid brain development
Your child has more than a million neurones in her brain from the moment she is out of your womb. Now, these neurones start communicating with each other only when she’s out in the world, and this communication takes its own time to build. Neural development happens through various activities your child is exposed to. Hence, it is extremely important to ensure she’s growing in a healthy environment with not only healthy food but also a lot of positivity around.
2. Very impressionable
She needs a healthy balance of her emotional, cognitive and physical senses, and this balance is developed during her first 5 years. It is said to be the phase where your child’s brain is the most flexible. She is able to grasp everything with ease and it also helps her in shaping her identity as an adult.
3. Learning how to speak
During this period, the brain is the most active in enhancing basic visual and auditory senses, and this is also the time she’s getting used to the sound of the language exposed to her. Make sure the language you want her to learn and use as her first language is spoken more around her during this time.
4. The foundational years
The first 5 years serve as a foundation for a stable adult life. It has been observed that children with a positive childhood are better at communication in their social and work sphere as adults.
5. The smallest things make a difference
Everything she sees around her will remain a part of her system as a building block. It is very important to make sure you expose her to things that are constructive to her in the future, through graphics and games.
6. Don’t miss out
She’s still learning, and these years won’t come back to make you realise what you missed on if you don’t pay attention now to all the above reasons now. So let’s become more responsible?