Some habits of children under the age of 3 are mistaken by parents to be bad, but to parenting experts, they are a sign of a child with a high IQ. No need to wait until the child is an adult, parents can notice the signs of intelligence from an early age.
1. Likes to throw things
Some 2-3 year olds love to throw things. Adults pick it up, children throw it down. This repetitive behavior makes many parents angry, even thinking that the child is deliberately going against them. In fact, the throwing behavior is because the child is trying to make sense of the world with his hands. At birth, babies often use their mouths to perceive the size, texture, and shape of objects. As the body gradually develops, children begin to perceive the world with their hands, so they prefer to throw objects, not against their parents.
Throwing things by children under 3 years old not only contributes to the development of arm strength, hand-eye coordination, but also promotes the development of children’s cognition, thinking, concentration and observation ability. At this time, parents should not prevent children from throwing things, but do specify what objects children can throw. Parents can let children use throwing objects as a fun activity at this age. It makes more sense to focus on what and where your child throws, rather than prohibiting it.
2. Thumb sᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ
Children under 2 years old often have the habit of sᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ their thumbs. However, many parents worry that their children will swallow bacteria and ᴠɪʀᴜsᴇs on their hands, so they often ʙᴀɴ their children. In fact, it is not a bad thing that children this age enjoy sᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ their thumbs, but a good thing. The ʙʀᴀɪɴ of children at this age needs more stimulation.
A child’s correct hand-to-mouth is also a sign of enhanced sᴇɴsᴏʀʏ and motor development, and is an important milestone in development. In addition, thumb sᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ is also a form of emotional self-comfort, which is beneficial for the development of self-awareness. However, over 3 years of age, but children still sᴜᴄᴋ their thumbs, parents need to correct them.
3. Don’t like to wear shoes
Many children under the age of 3 are loyal “followers” of going barefoot whether winter or summer. Many parents will worry that their child will catch a cold, try to put on sᴏᴄᴋs and shoes for their children but turn around and see them running barefoot. The foot is a motor organ, gathering 6 meridians, 66 acupuncture points, and is the place where many nerves are concentrated.
Therefore, children walking barefoot on the ground, or stepping on pebbles and stones can help massage and stimulate nerves. In addition, changes in temperature, contact surface shape… can bring different feelings to children, helping to stimulate brain development comprehensively. Not only that, the soles of the feet have dense sweat glands, which are the child’s body temperature regulation system.
Therefore, letting your baby go barefoot also helps to dissipate heat under the soles of the feet, increase blood circulation, and reduce cold hands and feet. When the ʙᴏᴅʏ’s ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ is enhanced, the baby’s ᴍᴇᴛᴀʙᴏʟɪsᴍ and immunity are also improved.
4. Tear the paper
No parent likes their child tearing up scraps of paper, but this is an action to help children move their hands well. Parents can observe, in children under 3 years old, children often show surprise when their hands move in different directions, the paper is also torn into different shapes.
Psychologists believe that the hands are the second ʙʀᴀɪɴ of the child, which means that the movement of the hands is also synonymous with thinking. Stopping your child from being active means stopping him from thinking. In order for children to be able to tear paper safely, parents can provide their children with clean paper, free of ink and lead (such as newspaper, printing paper) to tear different shapes, helping to develop bright thinking.
5. Talk to yourself
The University of Pennsylvania (Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀɴ) once had a study showing that language is a communication system. As well as a means of improving cognition and thinking, whether young or old. So when children are communicating with their own thoughts, this shows that the children’s expressive ability is quite high and their ʙʀᴀɪɴs are flexible.
According to the same study, talking alone will help children clarify their own thoughts and orient what is important, helping them make decisions more effectively. From this action, children will know what is necessary for themselves. Self-communication does not mean that children have ɴᴇᴜʀᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ problems, but this is a solution for children to develop their thinking and cognitive abilities, and can also help them find many new ideas another batch.
6. Fᴇᴀʀ of strangers in babies
Usually, babies have little recollection of what they have experienced. However, smart children with early brain development often show that they remember familiar faces very early. This makes the child soon develop a psychological attachment to relatives and fear of strangers. This action is called “newborn awareness”.
In fact, newborn recognition is an indispensable stage in the baby’s intellectual development, the earlier the child is intelligent. Newborn recognition shows that the baby has been able to distinguish between relatives and strangers, which is a normal reaction that signals the beginning of the baby’s ability to protect himself.
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