Thursday, November 6, 2014

Why Exploration Matters

Exploration is important in helping your child learn about the things around them and how to relate to others. Simple things like a baby putting toys into and taking out of a container is an example of exploration. Children learn by testing the world around them. Here are a few suggestions from Parenting Counts on how you can help your child develop a life-long pattern for learning.

Think about safety first

Always pay attention, and be ready to warn your child about danger.

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Think about your child's view of the world

Be patient. Children of all ages learn through exploration, so do your best to remain patient if your child seems to take their time discovering the world around them.

Find ways to stay interested as your child explores

Research tells us that a parent's reaction to a baby's explorations will help determine whether or not he will continue a particular activity. In most situations parents become bored with an exploration activity long before the child does. So try to keep your facial expressions and body language showing interest and excitement.

Include your interests in your child's exploration

Toddlers in particular love to be included. For example, if you love gardening, give your child a small shovel and invite her to work alongside you.

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Be Creative

Give your child new experiences to try. For example, if he loves putting sand in a bucket, encourage him to use water instead. This helps him develop creativity and feel good about trying new things.

Expect some frustration

Remember that your child or baby is testing to see how the world works; the testing is not an attempt to drive you crazy.

Slow Down

See the world through your child's eyes and at his pace-you will both enjoy it.

What are some of your child's favorite things to explore? Do you have any recommendations on tips for allowing your child to explore?

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