Guiding Principles to Help Your Child Every Day
By Craig Ramey and Sharon Ramey
1. Encourage exploration with all the senses, in familiar and new 1 places, with others and alone, safely and with joy.
Example: Show your baby a new object and encourage him to feel its texture. Explore classic movies 2 and different types of music with your older child.
2. Mentor in basic skills, showing the whats and whens, the ins and outs of how things and people work.
Example: Show your child how to kick a ball, change a flat tire on her bike or balance a checkbook.
3. Celebrate developmental advances, for learning new skills, little and big, and for becoming a unique individual.
Example: Smile and congratulate with hugs and kisses for accomplishments such as a completed task or perfect attendance on a report card.
4. Rehearse and extend new skills, showing your baby how to practice again and again, in the same and different ways, with new people and new things.
Example: Practice multiplication with flash cards or role play a job interview.
5. Protect from inappropriate disapproval, teasing, neglect, or punishment.
Example: Make sure your child – whether young or a teenager – understands the dangers and con- sequences of breaking rules, bullying, abuse and neglect.
6. Communicate richly and responsively with sounds, songs, gestures, and words; bring your baby into the wonderful world of language and its many uses.
Example: Read books to your child daily. Talk to your child about his family history or cultural current events.
7. Guide and limit behavior to keep your child safe and to teach what’s acceptable, and what’s not – the rules of being a cooperative, responsive, and caring person.
Example: Keep building your child’s trust by responding to his/her needs. Set limits and expectations such as bedtime and curfew.