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Baby faces are hard to suppress
Is it weird that I still find your face adorable even after all these years?
You’re not the only one. Even before you were born, there was a connection between us. You felt like my baby, even before you looked like me. 🙂
Your eyes were already smiling when you were inside her. And your nose — how could someone so delicate have produced this little heat-oller of a person?
But we both loved you from the first moment we laid our eyes on you. Your eyebrows were too high, your cheeks were too plump, and your ears were too small. You just didn’t look like anyone else.
And though you had your own opinions about what they meant, we knew you were going to be fine. We did everything we could to protect you from the world outside. But no matter what we did, nothing worked. There was something in the way people stared at you. Someone would stare at you as if she wanted to eat you up.
They feel something is amusing
Children are very sensitive to what they perceive as humorous sights, sounds, and smells. If you want your child to focus on what’s happening around them, then you need to be aware of that fact and control what you offer in terms of perception.
If you plan on giving your children distractionary toys or games, make it clear from an early age how they work and help them have fun.
It also helps if the parent model focused attention for themselves so their children can learn how to concentrate on things outside their surroundings.
Children who spend time watching TV may develop attention deficits later on if they aren’t well controlled.
Likewise, parents should consider helping their children become interested in nature and sports because these activities challenge them emotionally and intellectually.
Finally, let your children know that focusing silently gets them into trouble. Developing concentration skills takes practice and understanding.
They are practicing social skills
Even if your baby is only smiling or staring at things as early as 6 weeks, this is an important moment in his development.
Smile and stare interactions allow him to learn what other people’s reactions are like, how they interact with others, and whether he should imitate them.
He also learns that some things are worth looking at and focusing on. If he sees someone eating their sandwich, for example, he might try to do the same when he is hungry.
However, most babies who are less than 2 months old will look around the room while feeding, thinking something like “What??? Is anyone else here???? Does anybody care about me??”
They are very young and not yet prepared to face the world alone. By 12-14 weeks, he would start to understand that there are different people in the room, and each one has a job to do.
By 20 weeks, he can make the connection between people watching and doing work. He gets the message that people play roles; some people watch and others do.
He soon learns that people have jobs and those jobs help everyone be together. Without anyone’s help, he could still grow up learning these lessons.
But we all need to practice socializing until late in childhood. This helps shape healthy relationships later in life. Before infants begin to smile constantly, parents must ensure that they are not developing habits that may
They are practicing emotion
Children’s brains are still developing into their adult form, and what children learn here has an effect later in life.
When you watch your child or someone else’s toddler behavior, it may seem like they are smiling at nothing.
But they might be learning so many things about emotions and behaviors from this simple act of displaying positive feelings in public.
This is called ‘empathy training’. It helps them to develop empathy for other people – the ability to understand how they feel and experience similar emotions. This can help reduce selfishness and negativity in their lives.
Empathy depends upon babies learning emotional developments before physical ones. Their sense of touch and that of others develops when infants reach out towards other objects and adults. This happens naturally between mothers and her young babies, but it also happen inside babies, who through touching, hearing sounds, breathing, movements, and sights express contentment or unrest.
That early connection with another person serves as a foundation for health trauma resolution, trust development, and leadership effectiveness.
They are practicing perception
When you look around your room, what do you see?
Do you notice anything missing or broken?
If you’re like most kids, then yes! You can clearly see that there is no rabbit in its hutch, no monster under the bed, and no fly in the house.
When you were little, you may have wondered if something was really there or not. For example, how did you know it wasn’t real until you saw that it was made up?
Children learn reality by playing with their toys. And they also practice perception, which is the ability to recognize things through noticing color, shape, size, and movement.
By playing together and paying close attention to each other, children learn about others and how they perceive things. This awareness develops empathy, where they understand why people act the way they do.
They are practicing attention
Most children don’t understand what is happening around them.They are surrounded by too many things, people, and sounds.
The key to learning anything is paying attention.We often do not pay enough attention to how important these early years are for brain development.
That’s why young kids who have poor habits can be considered “retarded” or disabled.Their entire brains develop until about age five before they reach puberty.
From that point on, their brains start shrinking.A child with an addictive personality may struggle to focus because he is trying to cope with two demanding systems of his body.
He must concentrate on both food (for feelings) and sex (for feelings).Addiction helps produce dopamine in our bodies, which creates a feeling good thing.But over time, repeated exposure to something causes us to need it more and more to experience that feeling.It requires more and more to get the same effect.
They are practicing movement
Their world has only ever known motion, so everything is new to them. From the familiar things they see every day to the unfamiliar noises around them, everything can be novel and exciting.
When you walk with a baby, they will try to follow your steps. If you dance, they will learn how to dance. When you talk, they will learn what sounds mean from their own speech.
They will practice all of these things over and over, until it becomes second nature for them. Your job is to help them get comfortable and build confidence. This way, when the real world comes, theywill not fear it.
They are practicing separation
Babies will soon start to realize that people aren’t always there to help them, how ever much they may want or need someone. It is their first experience with loss, giving them an unfortunate lesson but also an important one.
It helps them understand what it means for something to be lost and an important part of themselves can no longer be found.
They are discovering the world outside of their own perceptions and expectations which is crucial to learning about life. This teaches them patience, pain tolerance and understanding.
Before babies learn to trust others, this knowledge pushes them towards independence. Once they reach mutual trust, the control they feel over themselves and their environment goes up several notches.
They are practicing discrimination
When they look somewhere, they are learning to differentiate between things. If someone places his palm facing up, then that is one thing he knows or understands. When he changes that position into one of placing his palm down, he now has two concepts–that object is going to be smaller than the one before, and that it’s also the opposite direction (i.e., sideways).
This plays with their imagination somewhat, so in turn, they stare harder and smile more. And this creates an interesting effect as well as stress for both infant and parent.
A baby will draw eyes towards him/her by flashing smiles, wiggling ears, and making squealing noises. This works because they are tuning everything out but themselves. Their mind is just trying to create a sense of continuity and flow within their world.
Parents notice this behavior and think “ah-ha! I know what my child is trying to tell me!” Well, maybe not exactly what she’s telling you…but probably something close. Self-awareness is a large part of development for a baby. It helps them understand why they feel certain ways and talk, move or sound different from others.
Also, babies learn how to navigate other people’s expectations through observation. For example, if adults greet each other with hugs and kiss each other good morning, the baby must assume that these are normal gestures.
So, next time