From birth to age 5, the brain develops at a faster pace than at any other time in a human life, so parents as teachers are crucial in child development.

The crucial role that parents play in their child’s life underscores the importance of being present and engaged during the earliest stages of development.

Parents as Teachers are Crucial in Child Development

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Parents, caregivers, and teachers who are working with young children must allow them to play, to investigate, and to be free to explore and do their own thingf in a safe and strutured environment.  When parents take the time to play with their children, it helps them learn.  Because they are so intent on teaching children letters, reading, numbers, and academicf, many preschools are skipping the most important thing children need to do: learn by playing.

Relationships are an important factor because children need security and nurturing in order to grow. They need to be secure in their environment. Families should give children lots of hugs and spend time with them to let their children know they can be depended on. This builds trust in children. When they have a sense of safety and self-assurance, they can learn. This trust in relationships needs to happen before kids get into a more structured learning environment.

Parents as Teachers are Crucial in Child Development

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Another important factor is emotional development. Children need to feel good about themselves despite frustrations and failures. Encouragement from the parents helps with good self-worth so they can go on by saying “it’s okay that didn’t work out the first time, but I’m going to keep trying.” Instead of constantly yelling “No” or “Don’t do that”, parents should help their children understand why they shouldn’t do that particular thing or why they should move on. That helps develop trust and understanding.

Children are very social. Some of the first things they learn are “hi” and “bye”. They are watching everything around them, and it’s important for them to learn social concepts from their parents.

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Parents as Teachers are Crucial in Child Development

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