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Childlife.ca e-news#24: Shaping the Future

address. Mary Stuart, Director Childlife…Solutions 4Life with Kids!

“Children are Messages We Deliver to a Future We Will Never See”

I have been so excited about the steady stream of exciting brain research that now supports all that we knew instinctively.

There is now even the “Science of Early Childhood” at Harvard University!

“Early development takes place in the context of families and communities and is shaped by the early experiences and environments of early life.

The steady drip of daily life establishes pathways for life long learning, behaviour and health that are inextricably linked to the development of the whole child.”

ELECT DOCUMENT: Early Learning For Every Child Today p.7

We know that our job as parent and teacher is important!

How we view it and do it, makes all the difference in the world – especially those who have been entrusted to our care!

So, how can we get started on building the future? Just by doing all the simple, wonderful, fun, stimulating activities we plan for our children.

We can learn to learn with them and the by-product is… we help a child become self confident and resilient!

3 WAYS TO SHAPE THE FUTURE:

  1. THINK ADVENTURE!
    • “We don’t make mistakes, we make learnings”
    • With an “attitude of adventure”, we can turn those every day “annoyances” into a fun learning adventure!
    • “How are we going to clean up all those beads that fell on the floor before we have to get out the door?”
    • With a sense of adventure, you’ll be surprised how it’s all ok and it all works out… and we help a child build resilience!
  2. THINK WONDER!
    • Instead of always feeling the need to teach the lesson… Ask questions such as, “I wonder why that is?” “What do you think?” “Let’s find out together”
    • You will be delighted in what little ones have to say, how they think and build self confidence!
  3. THINK FUN!
    • Every day is an awesome day when we take time to share a laugh with a child(ren), to find the humour in the ordinary and extra-ordinary happenings of the day.
    • If we don’t…perhaps we are too busy.

Stay tuned for more fun ways to Shape the Future!

At Childlife.ca, our goal is to help make sense when kids don’t!

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Live, Laugh, Love – A Child Will Thank You!

Mary