I have a 4 year old. A very rambunctious, elated and energetic 4 year old. And she’s smart. Like really smart. The words and thoughts and ideas that come out of her on a daily basis astounds me. But this post isn’t meant to brag about my 4 year old’s accomplishments (though, *pat pat*). This post is meant to share the wonderful journey I have had for the past 4 years, learning how to be a parent and how to raise a awesome kid.
From day one Abbey was special. She ended up in the NICU, and raised my blood pressure before we even bonded. She’s accident prone, and stubborn – a trait she inherited from me. She’s curious and cunning and she’s been on her own agenda since before she could walk.
I’ve perfected my Marge Simpson groan.
Before she was 18 months old she knew her entire alphabet (thanks, foam bathtub letters!)
She was articulating her thoughts in full sentences, and speaking with clear words before her 2nd birthday.
As much as I want to say that her brilliance is just good genes, it’s much more than that. It’s effort. It’s attention. It’s being the best mom I can be to the best kid I could have.
I owe a lot of our success to First 5 California and the loads of free resources available online. From simple games you can play at home, to free health and wellness information. If I was at a loss, First 5 California was there for me.
As a new parent, life is scary. A bump on the head can lead to panic, not reaching milestones makes you worry, and wondering what to do in certain situations can leave you confused and unsure of yourself. I know, I was there.
Now there is amazing Talk Read Sing ® It changes everything Program they offer:
Science tells us that 90% of the brain is formed by the age of 5, and recent research also reveals that more than 80% of a child’s brain is formed by age 3. These early years are the most formative and life-impacting. You want your child to have a larger vocabulary to not only do better in school, but to be significantly less likely to make poor choices in the future.
The experts at First 5 California refer to the brain as a muscle that needs exercise – and that means “working out” through talking, reading and singing regularly. Talking can be as simple as narrating the day; reading doesn’t always need to be via books; recipes, newspapers and road signs are great! Aim for 30 minutes a day total – it can be broken up into 5-10 min increments throughout the day, so it’s TOTALLY doable! And singing doesn’t require carrying a tune, First 5 California has a great children’s radio station on Pandora that can help!
Being an attentive parent doesn’t mean you have to stay at home, be a helicopter parent, or hire the best help around. It simply means taking a little bit of time out of your day to encourage and nurture that lovely little brain of theirs. So Talk Read Sing! They’re counting on you!