This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of First 5 California via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
The excitement of seeing a big fat positive sign just grows with every month that your belly grows. Once you hold that precious bundle in your arms, the immense love is instantaneous. As a parent, you want to provide everything and give your child(ren) the best future. Parents are the emotional and educational foundation for their child(ren) to thrive upon so to give them the best, First 5 California offers a parent outreach and education program to guide parents during the first 5 years of our child(ren)'s life.
I remember when Kenzie was born, I was so excited to read all the books and brochures as well as engross myself in all the websites to follow her developmental progress as well as hitting all the milestones.
Did you know that 90% of a child's brain is formed in the first 5 years of life? Everything that occurs during these precious years impacts your child's learning skills for the future. Children are born with almost all the neurons they will ever have. The path of growth is dependent upon experience and activity. It is important to talk and read to your child as the more words they hear, the larger their vocabulary will be. We were never fully into the baby talk but rather spoke to Kenzie in regular words and sounds. She has clear speech and is well above her learning grade level. Mason has been "talking" for a while and is now repeating and associating so many new words a day. His brain is truly a sponge.
Babies are quick to learn and although at first they do not understand the words spoken, the tone and sounds you make are important. A baby cannot respond to you verbally but they listen to everything you are saying and their brain is growing rapidly. It's imperative that you read to them from the time they are born as well as talking about anything and everything. Did you know that your child's vocabulary size relates to how likely they are to graduate from high school and college? I am so thankful that my children are growing up bilingual because of their grandparents. I am going to encourage them to take upon a third language as they grow up!
Get down and play....with your kids. Being interactive with your child by getting on their level, whether on the floor for tummy time or dancing / singing with your toddler, is very beneficial for learning. No matter how tired I am after work, I will dance and play with the kids. Mason can now enjoy sitting through an entire book reading at night - Splish Splash Baby Bundt is the current favorite. Although brief on a weekday basis, these simple interactions are what my children will remember and cherish as they grow up.
I've heard many people state that they are the first in their generation and/or family to attend college. While some may think this is due to genetics, one can definitely argue that they were exposed to early experiences that played a role in the development of their brain. The power is in your hands as parents to nurture your child's brains and skills to not only give them a bright educational future but to also give them more financially security.
Even among friends, I can see the developmental differences in our children. I've always focused on education from the start....by reading and talking to my kids. Although I bought all the educational toys and educational aids to further the development of my child's learning, it is not necessary. You can simply talk, read and sing to your baby and these activities are FREE! Go outside on a stroll and talk about your surroundings, make music with kitchen utensils and pots, learn numbers by counting out Cheerios...the possibilities are endless.
First 5 California is a great resource for parents to get advice and guidance on baby's development and progress. The website is simple to use and the free downloads are a bonus. I actually ordered the free kit for new parents when Kenzie was born and it was a great resource to read and consult when I had questions. We still read the Puppy and Friends book!
In addition to offering guidance for parents and their child's early development, First 5 California also provides information regarding health insurance, food assistance, smoking cessation, child safety and infant/child care.
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