I’m very skeptical when parents told me that their kids get smarter after listening to classical music or seeing some special flashcards.
Because there’s no proof that the stuff works. And I always feel that’s not the right way to teach our babies, toddlers or preschoolers.
To me, the best approach is to develop our children based on their talents, strengths and interests. How? By watching them play and do things and see what interests them.
What we can do as parents is to help them build from there. That’s why I’m against classroom style teaching which is too academic and generic. What the children need more is life skills that they can apply in real life not knowledge from the book.
There’s another reason why I write about this post. An article I just read prompted me to do so. And I can’t agree more with the authors. It’s so well written that I must share it with you.
When you read this article, word by word, you’ll realize that most of the things we learn about child development are so damn wrong (sorry for the language). Always misguided by unethical marketers of child development products.
Okay, let's talk about the article.
1) There is no evidence, however, that particular educational programs, methods, or techniques are effective for brain development. For example, listening to Mozart is not bad for your child. That is, if you like Mozart, there is no harm in playing it and exposing your child to music. But you could just as well sing lullabies, play Simon and Garfunkel, the Indigo Girls, or any other band you like.
2) By taking the time to notice what your children are interested in, you can begin to see the environment in a whole new way, as a series of natural opportunities that are stimulating your children at all times. You can then build on these opportunities to make them even more enriching.
3) Move from memorizing to learning in context (I call this streetsmart). Memorizing does not do the trick and often is mistakenly thought to be true learning.
4) It's great to travel to exotic locations or expensive theme parks, but we don't have to go there to build brains. We can get a tremendous amount of stimulation in our own backyards.
If you’re serious about bringing the best out of your child, read this article in full. It’s simply too good to miss. I savored it to the last word as it's one of the best articles I've read in recent time. Before you invest in the latest brain development gizmos, think of what you can do with the pots in the kitchen and plants in your backyard.