10 March 2022

Building babies’ brains through play

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of 'Building babies’ brains through play: Mini Parenting Master Class' video, "I’m Jack Shonkoff. Did you know that the most important interaction you can have with your child is through play? Building your baby’s brain sounds a little bit intimidating so step back and take a deep breath. Parenting is much more of an art than it is a science. I’m Jack Shonkoff, and this is my mini parenting master class on building babies’…, 1. Why are the early years of a child's life so critical for brain development?, The early years are important because the experiences young children have and the relationships they have with the important people in their lives literally shape the development of their brain. And that early foundation affects all the learning and behavior and physical and mental health that follows through a lifetime. It’s impossible to…, 2. What is the most important thing a parent can do to support brain development?, The most important thing that any parent can do to support the development, and particularly the brain development of a young child, is to get to know that young child, get to be able to read that child’s cues, get to be able to engage in what we call “serve and return” interaction., 3. What is 'serve and return' and what does it look like?, Serve and return is just like play. I’m getting better! So this serve and return; you get better with practice. The reason why ‘serve and return’ accurately describes what’s important about the interaction is that it goes in both directions. A baby serves a smile, a coo, a babble, a gesture, and the parent or other adult caring for that child…, 4. How is 'serve and return' related to play between parent and child?, For very young children, all important learning takes place within the context of play. Play is exploration. Play is trying things. Play is trying to kind of figure out when you do one thing, something else happens.  Play is trying to develop a sense of mastery of the world. A lot of that is done by providing an environment that is safe and…, 5. How would you advise a parent on how to do 'serve and return' in a playful way?, I would start by making the idea of ‘serve and return’ to be something that is easy, friendly and relaxing. Play can occur when you are feeding a child, when you are changing the child’s clothes, when you are bathing a child. All of those are opportunities for playful interaction and learning between adults and children. To help parents understand…, 6. Why are some games parents can play with their child to help boost their brains?, In infancy with very young babies, it’s all about interaction, kind of visual, sound, looking your baby in the eye, making that personal connection, being sensitive to your baby’s feelings. Here are some things people may not think about as games, but they’re games; they’re play.  Peekaboo – putting a cloth over your head. “Where’s baby, oh here…
10 March 2022

Baby talk

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