Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Importance of Encouragement from Teacher and Author

Kindergarten teacher and author, LeAnn Miller believes the process of encouraging children begins with newborns and is the most important part of parenting.

“From the moment a child is born, they begin learning. Encouragement begins with every new challenge your infant faces.” She challenges parents to realize the importance of the impact of each situation and encounter with your baby. “You teach a baby security when you pick them up when they cry. You teach them about love by kissing and hugging them. Reading books to your babies teaches them vocabulary without even knowing it.”

She can tell the quality of input parents have in a child’s life the FIRST time she meets them during Kindergarten Round-Up and believes wholeheartedly the first five years are especially crucial in the home.

“Research shows that the brain develops synopses (these allow a child to learn more and more information-make connections, etc…) at an astonishing rate in the first three years of life. By age six they should have twice as many synopses as an adult! (That is why adults begin to forget things.) My point is that children are primarily in the home for the first 5 years of their life. Parents are KEY to a child’s success.”

LeAnn shares the #1 thing kids need to be successful at under the children link. See Hooray for Hildy, LeeAnn’s book about loving yourself the way you are at

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