The Generation Z or the Post Millennials of today, children born from the early 2000, are also sometimes called the Screeners. They have a surprising aptitude for technology and a hand full of prying fingers that are hard to ignore – these kids are the future.
As much as we would like them to remain babies, they grow up so quickly and as a part of their growth process, certain systematic establishments need to be made. This is done in order for them to transition well into an empathetic, imaginative individual who is not solely a by-product of these inventions. In short, this is a call for simplicity.
Although, in complete support of technology progression and how it contributes to the early development of children, I still find it to fall short of the one thing that enriches not just the mind, but the soul of a person – Books.
Children from the ages of 2 to 5 years, are encouraged to spend some alone time, first in the form of naps which should slowly be transitioned into a secluded time with books. According to research, visual learning is key to the enhancement of a child’s brain, training it to draw inner pictures, visualize and ultimately, form into words.
This can be implemented by:
- Establish a certain period of time each day and try to be consistent
With the allotment of a set time, children tend to fall into a routine and become comfortable with specific activities, this level of comfort is important to establish when introducing new activities into your child’s life and sticking to them.
- Keep it short and positive
Initially it is stressed that the allotted time be kept short, keeping in mind the attention span of your child, which should then be increased with the level of comfort and interest displayed.
- Give suggestions or choices
This is important so that your child does not feel limited or forced. However, with the introduction of a variety of books and activities, the displayed interest in certain areas from your child can be enlightening and surprisingly fulfilling.
Try to rotate the daily activities and avoid any irritating toys with beeping and flashing. Have a box with crayons and paper, ask your child to draw their favorite story book character etc. Make a tent out of bed sheets and chairs. Children love the privacy of that and you’d be surprise at how quiet they can be. It’s hilarious when you can hear them chatting when they think no one is around.
Quiet time, while undermined, is hugely vital, both for the children and the parents, for a variety of reasons. It serves as a much needed excuse for the maintenance of your sanity. While, the sound of constant giggling becomes the background score to your movie, it is okay to need to take a break from it. It is healthy for your peace of mind and in turn helps your threshold for patience, allowing you to be better, more responsible parents.
It gives children their privacy, which is always important, even at such a young age. Children can use this alone time to develop their individual skills, find out more about themselves and in turn, help you understand them as a collection of their own individualized selves rather than borrowed characteristics
Don’t be discouraged if this doesn’t work out every day. There are times my house is louder and messier than a construction site, and that’s the work of only two children! As the children become more used to this routine, you can begin to stretch it out or replace it to different parts of the day according to your own convenience.
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