We all want the best for our kids. We want them to be happy babies and great kids who grow into confident adults. This book is a nice approachable read. It takes the science of child development and contextualizes it with great
examples stories and anecdotes.
Here were a few salient points for me:
- Empathy, empathy, empathy: teach your child empathy by being emphatic in your own relationships. You can do this by describing the emotional changes you see and make a guess as to where those changes came from.
- Labelling emotions is neurologically calming. Emotions should be acknowledged and named but not judged.
- The brain is geared toward safety, not learning. If children feel safe and secure in their environment then they can learn.
- Praise effort not the result e.g. you’re getting so good at X, all that practice is really helping.
- Talk to baby
- Breast feed baby
- Happy people have and maintain friendships
- Babies/children have different temperaments so will approach situations differently. How you deal/ parent with this is really important.