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Why is stimulation important for the Child’s Development?


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Importance of stimulation to feed IQ to your baby

When a child is born, so takes birth the responsibility to bring up a smart, healthy, and wise human being. We as parents provide them with the best nutrition, education, social and moral understandings. For a parent, the biggest goal of life is – see the children do good in everything they undertake. But to achieve success, the efforts need to begin from the very start.

It was not long ago when I was having this casual discussion with an auto-rickshaw driver, about school-based education. He mentioned how his son would solve crosswords puzzles and number maze in old torn newspapers. Seeing the talent of this six years old boy, he enrolled him in some Mathematics classes and the kid excelled in all sorts of number logic exams. The boy later took part in the state-level competition and won it with flying colors.

I was amazed by this little story, how this daily wage earner gauged the interest of little boy and enrolled him in stimulation classes. We parents are the basic necessity providers for children, and it is our duty to create a conducive environment of growth for them.

Importance of Simulation for the child’s overall growth

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Do you know that the first three years are most crucial in a child’s life? This is the time when the brain develops and grows at its fastest pace. In this stage the brain acts like a sponge, absorbing everything inside those tiny neural walls. The child learns to communicate and develops a relationship with the outside world.

The brain learns the basic structure of communication, emotional and mental reasoning, social behavior, and more. Hence, proper nutrition becomes the focal point during this growth phase. Complete nutrition makes smart and healthy kids, but often we ignore the aspect of the brain or cognitive development in the quest of making them healthy.

Brain simulating games, mental exercises, puzzle games, and plays, stimulate the brain to make children active, alert, and smart. Cognitive development takes the focus in this learning stage, making kids inquisitive to seek more and more information. Hence, nutrition and health should be integrated to create an environment for children to learn.

Role of Nutrition and Feed IQ

Family plays a crucial role in cognitive development and growth

FeedIQ; the concept I have covered in my previous health & child-development posts emphasizes the holistic growth of a child from early pregnancy. Cognitive skills are the intellectual skills developed over time with the help of various mental stimulating activities.

“The growth and development of a child are facilitated by providing care, responsiveness, and stimulation. Responding to babies with love and warmth makes them feel secure, loved and assured about the fulfillment of their needs. The more you interact with your young ones, the more rapid their development is. As a mother/caregiver, you play many roles in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of your child.” – reference indexed.

With the current scenario at studies and fast pacing world, adaptability is the biggest virtue. As a mother, I emphasize more on building adaptability and presence of mind in kids as compared to bookish know-how. Simulating intellectual growth help kids to learn the basic of overall education paradigm.

Cognitive Development and Feed IQ

As a family, all members must equally participate in boosting cognitive development in the children. This brings different views and perspectives on shaping a better understanding. I remember during childhood days when granny would delegate a few of her ‘social-work’ jobs to me. For the role of junior committee coordinator, my job description was to – interact with all members and to keep track of numbers. This helped me to get over the basic hesitation of meeting and interacting with new people. During the hostel stint much later in life, this trait helped in breaking-ice easily, making new friends and building new relationships.

need and role of cognition development in babies. The need of simulation is crucial for infants to connect with the surroundings.

 

Role of a father during early development in children brings a new perspective of growth. Quite obviously a male will have a different aspect of understanding than that of a female. Hence, when fathers encourage or inspire a child to learn or perform it brings a positive push towards accomplishment.

Also, it helps a child to learn gender equality and a wider perspective of life. I have seen my father doing kitchen chores or school duties many times in life. So does my partner. He doesn’t mind being the chef for a day or cleaning dishes when required. This opens up the barrier of mindsets and a child learns easy adaptability for better growth prospects.

All you need is…

Listen to kids by giving them undivided attention. Attending to their questions or welcoming opinions are the ways of building strong emotional trust between parents-children. Playing is the foremost element of early childhood stimulation and central to good mother-child interaction. Babies, infants, and children learn through play. Play strengthens the bonds between parents and children.

Healthy growth of a child depends on the environment we provide them. A conducive and happy environment with growth stimulating activities and positive response from parents boost cognitive development in children. As parents and nurturers, we must inculcate healthy relationship with kids and invest time in brain-stimulating exercises like plays, mental-verbal development games, storytelling etc.

Always remember the brain adapts as per the surroundings.

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Ref. 1. Integrating Early Childhood Development activities. http://www.who.int/mental_health/emergencies/ecd_note.pdf

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59 thoughts on “Why is stimulation important for the Child’s Development?

  1. Mayuri6 says:

    Healthy growth of a child depends on the environment we provide them. A conducive and happy environment with growth stimulating activities and positive response from parents boost cognitive development in children.

    I so agree with this thought, Dipika. We lay the base for a child’s development in it’s early years.

  2. Neha Sharma says:

    Superb post, Dipika! The environment we provide to our babies and the stimulation through various activities plays a major role in a baby’s cognitive development. You are right, parents often ignore the aspect of brain development in the quest of making their babies healthy.

  3. Deepa says:

    I completely agree .As a mom and as a nutritionist, I focus on the aspect of cognitive development for kids. Parents must remember that they can help in stimulation and overall development of the child.

  4. momsmethods says:

    The surroundings and people all around – family and friends together play such an important part in the overall brain development since they touch upon different aspects…

  5. Akshata Ram says:

    As you rightly said Dips, a gender neutral upbringing starts from home and begins when the baby is very young. It depends on how interactions work at home. A secure and happy environment and right stimulation works wonders for babies.

  6. nooranandchawla says:

    That’s a very interesting article. Thank you for this information. I wholeheartedly agree with everything you have said here. Mental stimulation is a must for proper cognitive development of a child.

  7. Zainab says:

    A parents actuin is so important. Our children observe us and learn. This is indeed a very exhaustive post on the topic! We need to create a very nurturing environment for our offspring’s!

  8. Priti tiwari says:

    Providing healthy environments ensures proper and complete development of kids even history is full of icons which fought all odds and proved the importance of healthy relationships in their growth. Much needed article in such times

  9. Sangeeta says:

    You’ve shown beautifully how the environment plays such a major role in the development of a kid. Mental simulation is key and you have covered so many points in detail.

  10. Nidhi KM says:

    It is so important to develop a bond between parents and children during formative years of their development.That forms the base for the rest of their life

  11. Jhilmil Bhansali says:

    Lovely post and I could relate so much. A child’s brain is all about the surroundings and stimulation. I wondered how well that autoriskshaw man observed his sons potential and got him enrolled in the right classes at the right time . As parents we need to provide kids with enough opportunities and observe their signs.

  12. Geethica says:

    As a mother, I have realized so many times that when you hug your child and listen to him/her wholeheartedly and loving, they respond affectionately too. However irritated you may be but just one smile makes their day. It actually helps in their rapid development.

  13. shubhadabhide says:

    Lead by example, give right set if stimulatants and healthy diet – all these play really important part while raising babies. Insightful post!

  14. Neha says:

    It is necessary that Parents focus on stimulation and overall development of the child. Such a Great and informative post for the parents!!

  15. Gurjeet Chhabra says:

    impress dipo, I will take care of it as my son is in growing age . he is 2 year and I think I must pay more attention towards in his iq skill , playing puzzle and gamest o make things learn in easy way

    • gleefulblogger says:

      Thank you Gurjeet, that will be great. In fact ask your daughter to be more participative while teaching the little one.

  16. Snigdha says:

    Outer surrounding and stimulating games plays very important role in developing kid’s mind. Very nice options you have given. Really helpful for moms.

  17. Mrinal Kiran says:

    I love my parents but honestly I always felt they tried to force me into becoming an ideal kid which further forced me into depression! I loved this post! Love, warmth and understanding are very essential to make kids feel good…

    • gleefulblogger says:

      Oh! darling, thanks for sharing your views. We often do not understand the boundary and unnecessary end up pushing kids for unrealistic things. I truly hope you are fine now and out of that sulking stage. Let me know if I could be of any help to you.

  18. Varsh says:

    Beautifully written post, Dipika. A child’s brain absorbs all emotions and inputs, positive as well as negative. As a family we must encourage activities that’ll help in its growth and development.

  19. Roshni says:

    Such an amazing post for all moms stimulating games and surrounds are really important part of kids life parents should focus on this. Keep posting such great articles.

  20. Nisha Malik says:

    Stimulation is the basic nature if human bodies and it starts right from baby’s birth. The more we provide stimulation environment to kids , better they learn.

    • gleefulblogger says:

      Absolutely Nisha, but at times if we do not focus on basic stimulating exercises the brain gets in to comfort mode. Thank you for reading.

  21. Blogsikka.com says:

    As far as stimulation is considered I made my kid do all activities and then found she is more happy with drawing and i encourage her learning more different types of painting now

  22. lifewithmypenguin says:

    A must read for parents. I was happy how the auto riskshaw driver realized his kid’s potential and sent him for stimulation classes. Agree, environment and parent’s attention with care plays a major role in cognitive development of child.

  23. Neha says:

    Very valid points Dipika! No wonder it is said that it takes a village to raise a child. I liked the way you have tied your experience with your granny and how it helped you in future.

  24. Ashvini Naik says:

    Totally agree; Dipika, with what you shared about providing an emotionally & mentally stimulating environment to our kids is very crucial & instrumental in develop their cognitive skills & IQ.

    And yes, parents often overlooked this aspect of growth in the rush to increase only their height & weight.

  25. Shalu Sharma Rathod says:

    Our kids are watching us & we need to be role models for them. I too believe in gender neutral parenting. Being moms of daughters, I want them to understand the importance of respecting being respected. Love the article!

  26. jhilmildsaha says:

    Being a mom to a 3 yr old, i completely understand how important it is to pay attention to them. We often make the mistake of ignoring their halfly spoken words but they have a lot of things to express and we should help them do that.

  27. Mahak says:

    Really informative post but the highlight for me was the story of the rickshaw driver. Impressed and happy to know about his commitment to develop his son’s skills and interests

  28. Sayeri says:

    Child is learning from his/her parents and from the surroundings too. As a parents we have to give them the right education. Cognitive development is imp and im trying to give my kid the gender equal education too.

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