23rd Dec 2020
Happy Holidays everyone, no matter where you are in the world I do hope you get to have a rest and refresh before going into 2021.
On our side of the world our school aged children get a really long summer break so I'm going to speak to the parents and caregivers of those children in this article.
I bang on about this a lot but it is so, so, so vitally important that you speak with your children. Not only does having a conversation with your child increase their own speaking skills but it also grows their brain. There has been extensive research coming out of Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than 20 years around this very subject.
Conversational turns increases children's brain capacity. It is that simple. More research has proven children who have only heard instructions for the first 5 years of their life will not have the vocabulary to hold a conversation by the time they get to 14. Plus, over 100 words a MINUTE are lost if you eat dinner in front of the TV - or any screen for that matter.
Turn all devices off. Sit down at a table with your children and have a conversation. They will thank you for that when they are around 21 so hang in there!
Merry Christmas, Miriam.