It doesn’t take much to help grow your child’s creativity and thinking skills – just a little love and conversation. You got this.
Be kind to yourself. No one asked for this. No one is prepared to make these decisions for their families. Just know, you’re doing your best and that’s enough right now.
Get outside. Take a walk or lay down a blanket. The fresh air is good for you and your child. You got this. Visit FirstStepsKent.org/YouGotThis
The first few years of life – between birth and kindergarten – are when your child’s brain will grow the fastest. Little things during everyday moments make a big difference.
We have a list of 7 science-backed ways to fight back against the COVID-19 parenting blues below!
The good news for parents: You don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to help your child’s brain grow to be strong and well connected.
Follow your baby’s cues. They want to see how you respond.
You’re doing your best and that’s enough right now. Do your best to take some time for yourself too. You deserve it and you need it.
Babies and toddlers learn the skills that will help them in school and beyond: How to get along with others, solve problems, be creative, manage their feelings, and meet new challenges.
We know you’re doing your best. Here’s what can you do (and are probably already doing) to help your child right now.
When you talk to your baby, give them time to respond with sounds or facial expressions. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. That can sound scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be.
It’s key that we parents take a moment -- sometimes just a moment! -- to ourselves. Looking after our own mental and physical health can be extremely difficult, but self-care is more important than ever.
Let your baby play with board books. It’s OK to read the same book over and over again or to not finish a book in one sitting – both will help her learn new words.
Let them struggle with simple challenges – like stacking blocks or putting a book on the shelf – while letting them know you’ll be supportive when they do hard things. You got this.
Self-care is not selfish - take the time to recharge your batteries.
Talking with your child can do so much to build their brains. So keep talking. You got this.
Ask your baby questions. Building these earliest skills create the foundation for more advanced skills. You got this.
The Little Things are the Big Things
The first few years of life – between birth and kindergarten – are when your child’s brain will grow the fastest. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be home with your child now more than ever.
You got this. It’s important to know that you were made to be your child’s first and most important teacher. Don’t let that scare you. Your child was born ready and excited to learn. They just need your love and guidance to get a great start.
Things are weird right now. It’s not controversial to say it -- we’re all feeling it. Especially for parents, the massive disruption of normal operations that is COVID-19 has been, at times, absolutely catastrophic. Nevermind the genuinely horrifying outcomes -- evictions, illness, the inability to see loved ones safely. For many of us, these massive disruptions are compounded by the smaller day-to-day frustrations and hangups that can make a simple day home with kids a grind.
That’s why it’s key that we parents take a moment -- sometimes just a moment! -- to ourselves. Looking after our own mental and physical health can be extremely difficult, but self-care is more important than ever.
The earliest years of life are key for healthy brain development. Brains are built from the bottom up. The earliest skills create the foundation for more advanced skills. Loving relationships and positive experiences help create the brain connections that your baby needs for success later in life.