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All about Parenting Toddlers, Issue #027 - Child brain development and sleep pattern
July 08, 2004
Shaping the life of your precious onesAll about Parenting Toddlers
8th July 2004
Welcome to another issue of All about Parenting Toddlers .
In This Issue:
1. Ten Tips That Promote Healthy Brain Development In Children
Ten Tips That Promote Healthy Brain Development In Children
This month’s article is excerpted from the presentation kit, “Rethinking the Brain” of Families and Work Institute, 1998. The source was Child Care Connections, November-December, 1999.
1. BE WARM, LOVING AND RESPONSIVE.
2. RESPOND TO THE CHILD’S CUES AND CLUES.
3. TALK, SING AND READ TO CHILDREN.
4. ESTABLISH RITUALS AND ROUTINES.
5. ENCOURAGE SAFE EXPLORATIONS AND PLAY.
6. MAKE TELEVISION WATCHING SELECTIVE.
7. USE DISCIPLINE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH.
8. RECOGNIZE THAT EACH CHILD IS UNIQUE AND EXPECT CHILDREN TO SUCCEED.
9. CHOOSE QUALITY CHILD CARE AND STAY INVOLVED.
10. CAREGIVERS NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.
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One perplexed mother inquired of me how much time was too much time for her one-year-old to sleep. It seemed that the child took two daytime naps and would sleep through the night. Friends told her that the baby was sleeping too much. It was their experience that children her age took only one nap per day.
I mapped out a chart for this mother, assuring her that the numbers given represented typical requirements, and an individual child’s needs may vary on either side of the amount listed.
Of added note, a typical one-year-old takes two naps per day, while a two-to-three-year-old takes one nap per day. Any infant may require a little more or a little less and still be normal. If there is a great variation one should discuss this with the child’s physician.
Parents of teenagers will note that adolescents do not usually have consistent sleep hours, day-to-day. Some days or during certain times they seem to require considerably more sleep than the 8 – 9 hours listed. Athletic, social, work or academic demands dictate this variation. If the adolescent’s hours of sleep per day are tabulated for a full month, one will find it usually will average out to be 8 – 9 hours per day.
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