Nurturing interests for children is a way that parents help their children find their passions and hidden abilities. At each stage of development, children will be consciously interested in something. If parents can grasp this sensitive period, parents can effectively nurture interests for children.
1. The stage when children begin to perceive light
From 0 to 3 years old is the period when babies begin to perceive light. At this time, children need to distinguish between daylight and night light. Therefore, the mother needs to open the curtains during the day and turn off the lights at night so that the child gradually adapts to the change of natural light. The mother can do the same thing by showing the child more looking at the black and white pictures.
2. The stage when children’s taste buds become sensitive
Babies distinguish taste at their best between 6 and 9 months of age. Almost all babies love sweet and aromatic foods, which is closely related to the milk they drink. Some children have little or no exposure to sour and bitter foods, and later become more picky eaters. Therefore, the mother should pay attention to foods with natural sweetness, only adding sugar in case of necessity, and at the same time let the child try a variety of foods to promote the taste.
3. Children are curious and interested in everything around them
When children are between 1.5 and 4 years old, they will be very curious about everything around them and often do things that make their parents find it difficult to understand. Children can sit still for hours just watching ants crawling, or observing boring movements. During this stage, when children are concentrating on observing something, parents do not interrupt or interrupt to prevent, let the children discover the mysteries of the world on their own.
4. The period when children are sensitive to language
Children begin to understand the meaning of language between the ages of 1.5 and 3. Before the age of 3 is the “golden” time to stimulate the child’s brain to develop quickly. At this time, reading is the best and most effective way to develop language for children. Therefore, parents need to grasp this moment to explore the language potential of their children.
Children can also recognize letters from the age of 3, which can promote early reading, boost confidence, and broaden their understanding of the world. It is important for parents to care, not force their children to be able to read and write. Parents can use cards or pictures as well as some brain games to stimulate children’s interest in language.
5. Children develop logical thinking
When children enter the age of 3 or 4, they will ask “thousands of questions why” to their parents. Sometimes there are questions that even adults don’t know how to answer for children to understand, such as: “Why is it dark?”, “why is it raining?”, “why is the plane flying?” in the sky?”…
Through asking questions like this, children develop the ability to think about the world. Parents should protect this curiosity of their children. In the event that parents cannot answer their children’s questions, they can learn together, which makes children more eager to learn.
6. The period when children form personal relationships
From the age of 4, most children begin to exchange toys and food with each other. They also begin to enjoy playing with friends who have similar interests to them. In particular, when going to kindergarten, children have the opportunity to interact with more friends, and children themselves will experience interpersonal relationships. During this stage, parents can give some guidance on how to play with friends. In addition, parents can set an example for their children through their actions so that they can imitate.
7. Child sensitive period about sᴇx
In the process of development, each child will have different discoveries about his or her own ʙᴏᴅʏ and they continue to learn throughout life. For children to have a correct perception of their own gender, as soon as their fathers. When mothers realize that their children have understanding about gender differences, it is also time to seriously teach children. At this time, parents should answer honestly and clearly the gender-related questions asked by the child. Children will gradually identify their gender through games, clothes, activities, etc.
8. The period when children show an interest in painting and music
A child’s auditory development begins in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ, when they are 1 year old, they can dance to the rhythm of music. Painting is also a child’s way of expressing the world they perceive on paper. Every child is born with a natural talent for art.
After 2.5 years, most children are very interested in colors and pictures. At this time, parents should encourage children to draw whatever they want, unleash their imagination. When children scribble on paper pictures of the moon, snake, tree…, parents do not rush to correct or criticize. This is a sign of a child with a rich imagination that needs to be appreciated and praised.