So it’s been a few years since you held your little miracle! All the awws and aahs that came with a newborn have now moved on to oohs and argh. In my case, there are now a few watch outs! This is a normal progression in your little child’s life. While to us adults, it seems easy to navigate certain aspects of life, remember your little one is just a few years into this journey called life. They have a long and lovely way to go in their life’s journey.
As parents and guardians, we must start equipping them to live their best lives as early as possible. So what are some of the most important things you want to teach your child or children? Manners, etiquette, and some life skills that are age relevant. Whatever you want them to learn, ensure they have fun, and let them know you have their back. Remember, you will always be your child’s biggest cheerleader. Read that again. So if you thought parenting had kids and let them grow on their own. I am afraid it has just begun.
Welcome to the next stage of your child’s life as they grow!
It has been proven repeatedly that the best way to pass on knowledge is to pass it on to those who need it and are willing to learn. Children are always ready to learn as long as what they are learning is fun, engaging, and challenging enough to enjoy the process. Now, parents bear in mind toddler fans, at times, have a mind of their own and want to do things differently. That is perfectly ok! Yes! That’s right. It is ok for your little one to learn different things from what you think they might need or must know.
Teaching a three-year-old can be daunting for many parents, but it does not have to be! With some patience and creativity, you can help your are three year old learn various topics and develop critical skills. Remember, it’s about the journey of learning together, and if it needs to be tweaked or lightened, it suits your little one’s needs. So please, by all means, adjust!
tips to get you started
1. Make Learning Fun:
Learning should be a fun and engaging experience for your three-year-old. Activities and games to help your child learn can help them stay focused and motivated. For example, if you teach your child their numbers, use counting games or number puzzles to make it more enjoyable.
2. Keep It Short:
Three-year-olds have a limited attention span, so keeping learning sessions short and sweet is essential. Aim for 10-15 minutes at a time and break up different topics throughout the day.
3. Repetition Is Key:
Repetition is the key to learning, especially for young children. Repeating the same concepts and activities often to help your three-year-old remember what they’ve learned.
4. Use Everyday Opportunities:
You can also use everyday activities to help teach your three years old. For example, if you’re grocery shopping, you can encourage your tot to pick some essentials or push the baby cart in the supermarket.
General tips for parents to consider
- Encourage Independence:
Children are starting to develop a sense of independence at this age. Please encourage your child to do simple tasks like dressing, using the bathroom, and feeding themselves. This can help build their confidence and self-esteem.
- Read To Them:
Reading is integral to a child’s development. Read books with your child, point out the words and pictures, and ask them questions about the story. This can help improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
- Provide Opportunities For Socialization:
Children need to interact with other children their age. Look for playgroups or preschools in your area that your child can attend. This can help them learn social skills like sharing, taking turns, and cooperating with others.
- Encourage Physical Activity:
Children are full of energy and need to be active at this age. Encourage your child to play outside, ride a bike, or participate in other physical activities. This can help improve their coordination, balance, and overall health.
- Teach Basic Manners:
Children at this age still learn to interact with others. Teach them basic techniques like saying “please” and “thank you” and greeting others politely. This can help them develop positive social skills and show respect for others.
Remember, every child is different and may develop at their own pace. Be patient and supportive as you help your child learn and grow.
Ignatius Deepak Stanley is an experienced business coach, trainer, educational consultant and full time dad. He has worked with several well known corporates before deciding to take time out and be a full time dad to his 3 year old son. Beside being a consultant, he has written and published books. Deepak enjoys riding and driving, reading, writing and travelling.
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