As a mom, moms as a whole group, I think we all like to be efficient. What can we do to maximize our time with our children yet also make it a learning experience?
Am I presumptuous to assume all moms can multi-task, if not all, a good majority? Well, here’s a tip.
As a child, most if not all, learn to sing nursery rhymes and pass that onto our children. These songs are catchy and comforting. Well, after you and your child have learned to master the songs, it’s time to make it useful. One of the best ways to learn is through song.
For example, you know the tune to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The words are easy to learn but what’s so useful to know about a star that twinkles like a diamond? And worse, it takes us thirty seconds to discuss this twinkling star. Let’s make it useful.
You can substitute the words with worthwhile information unique to your child. The first things to teach them are your names. Not “mom” and “dad,” but your real names, including last name. The second is your phone number. Thirdly, it is important to teach your kid the spelling of these names in case their speech is unclear.
Start this as soon as possible, as young as 18 months of age. They may not repeat it right away but you bet they are absorbing. Repetition is key so make this part of your routine, such as driving to and from daycare or school.
One of my biggest fears is my child getting lost. Of course, I would be looking for her, but what would she do? Well, now because she knows our names including spelling as well as our phone numbers, she’s equipped to be an independent thinker and can be proactive finding her way back to me.
I always prep my daughter before we get into large crowds (i.e. parks, zoo, mall, Disneyland) as a gentle reminder to confirm the information is correct and that she hasn’t forgotten. Moreover, you want to confirm your child can perform under pressure so have your child sing/say the parents’ names as well as the phone number in a group setting or have another adult prompt him/her. The more diverse scenarios you can have your child recite your names, spelling, and phone number, the better. This increases the chances that your child can find their way back to you if they ever get lost. It also reduces fear as they know not to panic since they have a plan, so remember to equip your potential lost child.