We live in a time where there’s never been more opportunities. Technology is developing faster than we can comprehend. Life is different now, to how it was 10 years ago. The only guarantee? Change.
While you don’t want to think about your gorgeous toddler growing up, it’s all part of life. How children are raised plays an important role in setting them up for future success. We’re not talking about nurturing them into an elite career, but rather, focusing on developing essential life skills – to empower them to chase their own version of personal success.
What are these skills? There’s a few of them such as self-awareness, empathy, critical and creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, effective communication and interpersonal relationships.
They know how to open an iPhone…
Before they learn to read.
As your little one’s birthday rolls around (and they start to connect this day to presents), they’ll begin asking for what they want. While there’s nothing wrong with treating them to the Peppa Pig DVD, it’s good to consider if that present is adding real value to their development.
Teaching life skills empowers your child, nurtures their self-esteem, and aids in socialisation.
Something as simple as introducing playtime with other children can improve their reasoning skills – a tool that we all need to maintain healthy relationships.
For toddlers, shape sorters like this Artiwood block set can help your little one learn basic concepts and develop problem-solving abilities. Toys that encourage pretend play, such as this doctor playset, boost creative thinking and emotional development. If you’d like to begin introducing important tasks around the house, like cooking and cleaning, your child can ‘be like Mummy’, mimicking you with this baking set.
Once your child reaches pre-school, continue to finesse their fine motor skills with crayons, markers, paint, and colouring books. Art and science kits continue their growth, as does jigsaw puzzles that push their problem solving.
This is not to say technology doesn’t serve a role in their education. It does. But, it offers a different sensory experience. Young children learn through touch, sound, smell, and sight. Creating a nightly reading habit, where your child can physically turn the pages, hold the book, and touch the elevated shapes on each page, is different to sitting with a Kindle.
Reverse engineer your toy shopping. Start with the skill, then look for the toy that helps build it.