Play. Laugh. Explore.
These are the elements of childhood that should be nurtured and supported, especially in the early years.
Play: The power of play is often underestimated, when in fact, it should be the primary focus in childhood. Children learn and develop cognitive skills, like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store, physical abilities, like balancing blocks and running on the playground. New vocabulary, like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs. Social skills, like playing together in a pretend car wash. Literacy skills, like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant. Play helps children grow strong, healthy, reduce stress levels, and helps provide a strong foundation for their love of learning.
Laughter: Not only is laughter one of the most effective ways to form a connection and bond with our children, the health benefits are vast! Studies and research has shown that laughter has the ability to boost immunity, reduce stress response, increase resilience, help combat depression, relieve pain, aid with sleep, and re-energize the body. Laughter truly is the best medicine, and a child’s laugh could simply be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
Explore: The future belongs to the curious, the ones who are not afraid to try it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out. The future belongs to those who are not afraid to explore. The power of exploration is crucial for children to learn about the new world they’ve been brought into, and for them to be able to discover who they are and what they are capable of. By letting a child explore, we are encouraging him to reach his full potential.
May this baby & child Oath Bracelet serve as a reminder to support these 3 main elements of childhood!