Praise your child often for even small accomplishments like playing nicelyÂ
with brothers or sisters, helping to pick up toys, waiting her turn, or being a good sport.
Spend time with your child and find ways to play with your child.Â
Talk with your child, tell stories, sing,Â
and make rhymes together.Â
Include some type of regular physical activity such as a walk.Â
Read with your child every day as part of a special family routine.Â
Turn off the TV before the dinner.Â
Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily for children 2 and older.Â
The American Academic of Pediatrics does not recommend any screen time for children younger than 2 years of age.Â
Never keep a TV in a childâ€™s bedroom.Â
Make time for a routine that includes regular family meals when parents and children can sit and talk about their day together.Â
Parents are their childâ€™s first and most important teachers, and what they do can be much more important than what they say.Â
Be consistent with limits for your child and encourage all caretaking adults to use the same rules. If youÂ
must enforce a rule, do this with supportive understanding. Donâ€™t give in, but do quickly forgive.Â
Do not hold a grudge for past mistakes. Encourage learning from mistakes so that they do not happen
Promote the â€œ5 Rsâ€ of early education:
1.Reading together as a daily family activity.
2.Rhyming and playing together often.
3.Routines and regular times for meals, play, and sleeping.Â
4.Rewarding everyday successes with praise.
5.Reciprocal and nurturing relationships, which are the foundations of healthy child development.
- Dr Suhail NaikÂ