A Village to Raise a Child — Child Development

Books, Brain and Babyhood: The Role of Reading in the First Two Years (Part I)

Child Development

Books, Brain and Babyhood: The Role of Reading in the First Two Years (Part I)

By Chinar Som Reading aloud to children in the first two years of childhood and sharing picture books with them is a relatively recent practice. This is largely seen as an urban parenting practice amplified by the millennials. For a long time, it was considered absurd and silly to read to young ones who hadn’t developed adequate comprehension and language. However, with awareness and access to the growing body of knowledge in Child development indicating that reading has multifold benefits in the first two years as well; more and more new parents are taking to books for their babies. How...

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The Importance of Music in Early Years

Child Development

The Importance of Music in Early Years

By Chinar Som “Music can change the world because it can change people.” -Bono, singer & songwriter Babies and young children moving to music or attempting to sing along is one of the most heart-warming moments of child observation. When we reflect on this, we realize humans are innately musical and identify with rhythm early on in life. Maybe that is why music is embedded in all cultures. It has an undeniable impact across age groups- a range of effects on our moods and consequently our behaviour. No wonder, lullabies are used to soothe babies around the world. The existing...

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The Importance of Art in Early Childhood Development

Child Development

The Importance of Art in Early Childhood Development

Children are happiest and deeply absorbed while building something, dancing, singing, telling stories, exploring with colours or drawing etc. Therefore, most children engage in activities which are natural forms of art.  Art is entwined in their play and as we know, Play is all important in healthy development of children.

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A Guide to Choosing Toys

Child Development

A Guide to Choosing Toys

To quote Jean Piaget, the developmental psychologist, “Play is the answer to the question, ‘How does anything new come about?” The things and events that intrigue babies are often unimaginable for our adult minds.

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Respecting Your Infants

Child Development

Respecting Your Infants

This article is about trusting our newborns and respecting the capabilities they bring with them when they come into this world. It is noteworthy that one of the most important lessons in parenting is helping the infant develop a bond of trust with the mother/parents.

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