Playing with your baby may not seem like much more than a fun fest, when, say, they coo at their rattle or try their hands at stacking ‘donuts.’ But make no mistake. What looks like downtime to us is work to little ones – and toys are the tools for getting the job done.
Young children get quickly distracted by a toy or fun activity and simply forget. They can appear to be listening when in fact they are not paying attention at all. Not listening or tuning the parent or teacher out can become a habit. A big part of getting your child to listen is learning how to give simple, clear instructions.
Believe it or not, nudging our children toward greater independence yields huge benefits for them - and for us!
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