Promote Healthy Development
How does your child develop the miraculous abilities to love, think, communicate, and create, as well as to have self-control and feel compassion for others? Many child-development theories focus on only one part of this puzzle, such as a child’s genes, cognitive skills, or a new way to set limits. But in fact what gives meaning to all parts of this puzzle and defines your child as a humane and intelligent human being is his continuing relationship with you. There are six essential types of experiences that simultaneously promote your child’s intelligence and emotional growth:
Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities
Self-Regulation and interest in the World
Help your baby look, listen, begin to move, and calm down.
Engaging and Relating
Woo your baby into engaging with you with pleasure and delight
Purposeful Two-Way Communication
Follow your baby’s lead and challenge him/her to exchange gestures and emotional signals with you about his/her interests
Complex Communication and Shared Problem Solving
Become an interactive partner with your toddler as he/she learns to use a continuous flow of gestures with you to pursue his/her interests and meet his/her needs
Using Symbols and Creating Emotional Ideas
Enter your child’s make-believe world as a character in his/her dramas. Engage him/her in long conversations about his/her interests, desires, and even his/her complaints
Logical Thinking and Building Bridges Between Ideas
Challenge your child to connect his/her ideas together by seeking his/her opinion, enjoying his/her debates, and enlarging his/her pretend dramas.
listen TO dR. gREENSPAN
Listen to Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s series of web radio shows about healthy development and how you can help your child to become a Great Kid. To access these audio recordings and transcripts, click here.