From the moment your first child is born, you become a teacher; your child’s first and most influential coach. They will watch how you treat others, how you speak to and care for others, how you spend your time, your money, your resources, and most importantly – they are learning about themselves and their role in the world. They will use your actions to guide them and to help make sense of the world around them. They look to you to help them develop skills, as well as solid healthy attachments, that will take them far in life as they grow and mature.

In the early years you are your child’s first introduction into the world of early reading and math skills, thoughts about science and health. Being your child’s first teacher really is easier than it sounds, and comes with huge benefits!

Check out this article from National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Am I Really My Child’s First Teacher? for quick, easy and impactful suggestions for activities to boost early literacy and reading skills.

For more suggestions of ways you can model and teach social skills and emotional awareness take a look at The Importance of Parents As First Teachers

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