This year the TEDxUNC talks featured Kathleen Gallagher‘s presentation on The Healthy Child. It is an excellent talk about the history and research on developing healthy children. There is assembly required. Much of it can come from children being in high-quality early childcare programs like Twin Parks Montessori Schools’ classrooms. Here we help children develop their executive function skills like problem solving, delayed gratification, perseverance and empathy for others. We provide warm, nurturing environments for children to learn and grow.
Children need an abundance of love and care from many adults. Of course, parents are a tremendous influence over the person the child will develop into. Parents are children’s first teachers and role models. Language development is also extremely important. Parents should be a source of truth and information for the children to learn about their world, and about the values and traditions of their family. We have the instructions and tools, but overall, assembly is required in raising children.
Check out Kathleen’s talk!