When I had my first child, I remember thinking, “What did I get myself into? I don’t know the first thing about looking after children, let alone a baby!” It was a state of panic that I was constantly in, not knowing if anything I did was right or okay. To top it off, a lot of people were giving me “sage” advice that were often contradictory. As if my head weren’t spinning around enough.
So what do you do when you don’t know if something is right? You look it up the answers. So that’s exactly what I did and I became a bit of a textbook Mum. Which worked out pretty well, except that there’s this thing called “theory” and “practice”. Theory is all very well and nice but it isn’t quite enough to put into practice if you haven’t seen how it’s done.
We all have the best intentions to engage our children and start them off on the right foot. Unfortunately, knowing what to do isn’t quite as straightforward for everyone. We can read about the things we can do with our children but we will never really know how best to implement it until we see first hand how it’s done or when someone talks us through it. That’s sort of where Trinity Kids Parenting Series comes in – they show parents some of the things they can do at home with their children.
I had the privilege of attending one of their parenting workshops recently and I recommend it to all new parents looking for ways to engage their babies and toddlers to encourage their development. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t know what to do or how to interact with your baby, then this is the workshop will help you.
Many parents start their babies and toddlers on enrichment programs with the goal of providing them developmental opportunities to nurture those young minds. While there are a lot of great programs out there, timing is crucial for a young child and sometimes it is not feasible to plan it right for those special classes.
Young children especially can be sensitive to the timing of the class and the emotions they are feeling. For instance, mornings are usually a good time to have classes for young children, but if you can’t get a morning class, what do you do? Even if the timing is right, a class is easily ruined if your child is sleepy because he didn’t sleep well the night before, or if he’s hungry now because he wouldn’t eat breakfast earlier. If your child is cranky for any number of reasons, he is not likely to get much out of the class.
Enrichment classes are usually only once a week, but young children need repetition and consistency. Even if you are attending an enrichment class together, it is a good idea to reinforce the learning with similar activities at home. The best person to engage a child is usually Mum or Dad, or an invested care-giver. This is what Trinity Kids encourages and what the Parenting Series Workshop aspires to achieve – to provide parents with the knowledge and the “know how” so they can continue to engage their children at home to stimulate optimal wiring of the brain in early childhood.
Raising a Total Child the Multilingual and Whole-brained Way
Computers can’t replace the vital language inputs that care-givers provide, finds research that highlights the importance of social interaction. – Child and Family Blog
In this day and age, learning a second language is no longer an advantage, it is a necessity. The best time to introduce a new language to a child is in infancy. The best people to encourage the development of that new language are parents. In this parenting series, Trinity Kids Founder, Daisy Ng, explained:
- Why multilingualism is essential today
- What multilingualism does for your brain
- The myths surrounding bilingualism
- How parents can help their children learn a second language at home
Thots and Tots provides a terrific overview on the workshop in their post: Why your child needs to know more than one language.
Trinity Kids Parenting Series – Round 2
If you missed the workshop, don’t worry. Trinity Kids will be hosting another workshop in February 2017:
About the Workshop
Communication is like oxygen. You don’t realise its presence, or its gradually decreasing level. But the lack of it has a detrimental, lasting effect. Effective, positive communication and stimulative play are akin to oxygen to our child’s development.
Trinity Kids Parenting Series workshops are designed to help parents take charge of their child’s learning.
In this workshop, you will:
- Learn about right-brain techniques and how to use flashcards to introduce multiple languages to your child
- Discover the type of books and materials you can use to complement the child’s learning and use of languages
- Learn how to incorporate play-based activities at home to reinforce concepts taught through flashcards
- Bring home a complete set of trilingual flashcards and naturally made sensory play material
- Receive a complimentary copy of ‘Brainchild’ by Dr Shen-Li Lee
- Who is this for: parents with child from birth to 4 years old.
- Instructors: Ms Daisy Ng (Chief Education Officer, Trinity Kids) and Ms Ann Soe (Curriculum Director, Trinity Kids).
- Fees: RM 180 per adult (RM 160 for Trinity Kids parent).
- Duration: 120 minutes closed-door workshop for parents only. You can bring your child to play in our gym but your child must be accompanied by an adult.
- RSVP by 5 pm on 10 January 2017.
To register, contact Trinity Kids on Facebook or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.