Time constraints is the major challenge modern parents are facing. There is a busy and hectic schedule of yourself and so of your child. In out time grandparents partly covered this lack of time. As the families have become more nuclear and mobile, this opportunity is no longer available. I distinctly remember I used to sleep with my grandmother and look at the tree in your courtyard where a bird had built a nest. Through the windows, I would watch how the birds build a nest; feed their babies and so forth. Numerable questions were directed to her. She gave answers patiently. A lot of curiosity about nature, life skills were explained by our grandparents. The developing brain effortlessly captured a lot of new words, sentences, rhymes in the mother tongue.
No one is asking us to quit our jobs and leave the household works and sit down and just talk with the kid. It is the quality of time spent in talking with your children and how you direct the talking sessions.
- Assign a fixed time every day for interactions with your child :It can be twenty minutes to half and hour. It should be undivided attention. Gradually your kid will look forward to it on a daily basis. It should be a cumulative effort of both parents.
- Start with a simple conversation about anything. Babies and toddlers are still in a developmental mode and lack the ability to initiate the talk. In the case of preschoolers, it can be anything exciting."What did they play in school? What song do they want to hear? Did they see or hear anything exciting today?" You can even share your stories of daily life chores with them. Carry on with the topic if they find it interesting. One day while stuck in a traffic jam from coming back from school I showed my daughters the electric cables. How they carry electricity and all these stuff. The way she pronounced the word electricity was a sense of pride to her and pure enjoyment for me.
- Take time for outing at least twice every month to have quality time with your kid. Instead of going to any malls and shopping with them plan small tours with them. Simply going to park, library or anywhere nearby. Visit any friends or relative's place with elders and kids. It will help them to interact. Children learn a lot by interacting in social surroundings. After coming home, they will usually have a barrage of questions. Answer them as much as possible. Museums, birds parks, zoo, nature trails all instigate a lot of questions from them. The framework of questioning and answering to them forms the backbone of curiosity development in a kid.