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Thank you to First 5 California for sponsoring today’s post and reminding me to talk, read and sing to my daughters every single day! #talkreadsing #first5california #first5CA
I adore my daughters. They are seriously the light of my life. Everything I do is for them. It’s amazing how much your perspective on life changes when you become a mom.
I have always focused on making sure my girls were exposed to everything they need to be well-rounded, intelligent and kind people. I think it is working out pretty well. I am so proud of the people both of them are becoming. They’re sweet, smart and caring. And they have a zest for learning new things!
They both dance (and love it) and they’re both going to be adding Glee Club and STEAM Club to the list. Kaylee is joining Drama Club and Zoe is joining Art Club. It’s so important to encourage your kids to follow their passions!
But what if your kids are young? That’s okay! There are so many things you can do to start your child off on the right foot. It all starts with making sure you talk, read and sing to them every single day.
You can even start while your baby is in the womb. I would talk to Zoë all the time when I was pregnant. Brian would play the guitar and sing to her all the time too. We did the same thing with Kaylee.
When the girls were born, we continued doing those things. They loved to hear our voices! I started reading to my girls when they were infants as well. Zoë had a few books she loved, but Goodnight Moon was her absolute favorite book for years. If I had a $1 for every time I read that book I’d have a nice amount of money saved!
Even though I’m not a singer by any means, I would sing the ABCs in the car to Zoë all the time while we were driving. I also counted things constantly for her. Maybe that’s why she’s such a math nut!
Did you know that 90% of the brain is formed by the age of 5? Recent research also shows that more than 80% of a child’s brain is formed by age 3. That’s why it’s so important to talk, read and sing to your child every single day from the very start. The early years are the most formative and life-impacting so leave the imprint you want to stick with them.
If you struggle with ideas on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day, First 5 California is a great resource for you. On their activities page, they have ideas for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers so you can find the perfect things for your child. If you click on the Video + Downloads tab, there are some great tips there. I like the ones about keeping your kids active while you talk, sing and read to them.
Click here to get some wonderful new ideas on how you can stimulate your child’s mind.