Raising kids properly is no mean feat. Indeed, there’s no rule-book for doing so, and it can often be hard to know what’s best for your brood. According to scientists, though, there are certain identifiable factors that are worth focusing on. From reading and drawing to doing chores and taking on summer jobs, these critical elements of a child’s upbringing can all have an enormous impact on their character.
We hear plenty about the importance of reading as adults, even if it’s just to take time away from phone or computer screens. But it’s arguably even more important for kids. Those earliest years are, indeed, fundamental for brain development.
Believe it or not, even before your child learns to read for themself, reading aloud to them is a good idea. For instance, you’ll widen their vocabulary and boost their early reading prowess. And even just 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference, according to pediatrician Dr. John Hutton.