Why you're your child's most important teacher

Who knew? That the moment you kissed their head and gave them milk, you enrolled them in the School of You!

And you’re all, “What do I know about teaching? Don’t people go to school for years, get certified and have a career in teaching? I so did not do that.” But actually, when you held your child and your heart broke at the sight of them, you started a school: The School of Life, baby!

When your child arrived on this incredible planet, they had no idea what’s going on. All they knew was the smell of you, the sound of you, and the feeling of you. And now everything you do, say, the tone of your voice, the way you look at them and touch them, will define their school, aka their world, for now. As they grow older and see more, understand more, and relate to more things, they are learning from you. They will start adapting the way you move, the way you speak, and yeah, what you say.

As parents, we all have to strive to be the best school for our children. Because, in a way, we provide the best education for them. This means that we are teaching them about themselves, you, your family, your values, the world around them, earth, and beyond! This means that:

  • The way we talk and express emotions

  • What we talk about and how we say it

  • How we talk about the world and people in it

  • How we conduct ourselves in our life

Are all clues to what life is all about for them and will help them conduct themselves in their life as well.

So, in a way, we have to be careful, right? I know you didn’t plan on being a teacher. You just planned on trying your best at being a parent! And you are. You have what it takes, you just have to put it all together and remember that they are watching and listening to you. Easy peasy!

Further reading: Though Many Doubt Their Capacity, Parents Are Still Their Child’s First And Best Teachers

Thank you for reading!

CHILD IN MIND is YOUR bridge between early childhood education and your home. We have been in the childcare industry for 22 years and aim to grant you access to our extensive professional experience and understanding of this generation of children. Our mission is to create equity in family resources and support by helping brown and black families strengthen their parenting skills to give their kids the tools for happiness and success.

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