What can we do to support those remarkable early childhood years?
This summer, when visiting with my dear family friend, doctor, and author Joyce Jia, I took the opportunity to ask her for her advice on raising two small children. Joyce is an expert in child development and education. I wanted her opinion of the most valuable things I could do to support young growing minds. Her response was EXPOSURE. Exposing your child to as much a possible through books, unique experiences, trying new actives, and whenever possible, travel. It is here where a child begins to discover their interests, strengths, and develop a more global understanding of the world.
Joyce Jia’s book “Enjoy Your Children When They Are On Your Side” 享受孩子成长 will be published November and hopefully an English version to follow.
How can we expose our children to more close to home?
- Explore the world through books and entertainment. Find books that share and celebrate different cultures and real-world destinations. These books will not only be broadening a child's world view but also expose them to new words and language.
- Find diverse opportunities in your community through the library, theater, festivals, and even restaurants.
- Encourage your child to ask questions. If a child is struggling to understand something, talking about it is the key to fostering understanding.