Parents begin teaching their children in the early stages of life, even while they are still infants. Establishing a schedule for feeding, sleeping, bath time and playtime are the first things babies learn and come to depend on. Providing mobiles that play music, toys that entertain, even parents who sing to their babies are ways in which to help them develop into curious toddlers, and this is why the first and best teachers are parents.
As babies enter the toddler stage, they demand attention, and are very eager to learn. Parents encourage them to walk, teach them to drink out of a cup, and consequently as a child grows, parents are the most important and constant influence in a toddler’s life. They become to depend on parents for everything, and learn through observance as well.
Good habits take form in the early stages of a child’s life. Parents encourage early learning by setting aside time for their children. Reading a book to them every day stimulates word recognition, and soon they are able to tell you the story, word for word. They will look forward to a specific reading time and this, therefore, teaches them to be dependable.
The way in which parents communicate with their children and show interest in what they are doing teaches them social skills. When parents inquire about their day, engage in conversation at the dinner table or in the car makes children feel important, and parents are teaching their children to be compassionate while also showing them the importance of caring for others.
The first and best teachers are parents, and children watch and learn from them. They realize and come to understand many important characteristics and moral values. Parents who keep everything on schedule, prepare healthy meals and attend all school functions teach children the fundamentals of being dependable and trustworthy. When parents assign children chores as well and everyone works together as a family to accomplish these chores, it teaches them to be responsible adults. In addition, parents who respect each other and speak kindly towards others are setting examples in which children, too, will follow.
Parents are always there for their children, when they are sick, when they need help with homework or school projects, when they have their first broken heart, and always seem to have the right answer or at least a comforting word. While the first and best teachers are parents, above all the most important thing to teach a child is how to love others, and to let them know how much they are loved and how special they are.