The importance of bonding is often overlooked. When we talk about child development, it is common to think of it only as giving the child educational and challenging activities. But what is so or even more important than these stimuli? Affection and bonding. In other words, the attention of family and caregivers is essential for the proper development of the child.
What is affection – other than kissing, hugging and picking up?
Affection is paying attention, really. When you leave your phone or tablet aside to play with your child, for example. Talking to the baby even though they might still not understand you, staying together, making them realize your focus is on them. That’s affection! Imagine a scene: a mother and a son walking hand in hand. Both are talking, playing games, pointing things around, she then protects the boy from the strong wind. With these small day-to-day interactions, the child has a feeling of getting attention and care from his parents.
How to build and strengthen this bond?
Bonding starts to be built in the womb and then proceeds to be nurtured through daily care. Everything that favors interaction, such as bathing, changing clothes and food, when done with love, strengthens this connection. Believe us: giving stimuli that impact a child’s cognitive and intellectual skills does not work as well as it should if the child does not feel loved and respected. This happens because the brain is forming itself in an accelerated way and at this stage the most important connections are being made – and they mark one’s life forever! If children experience affection and quality bonding during this period, they develop in a much healthier and happier way. It is as if affection acts as “glue” to learning in the child’s brain!
4 Tips for Exercising Affection and Bonding:
1. Talk to the baby often – even if they still don’t speak
2. Sing together. The musical cartoons of the PlayKids App, for example, allow children and adults to sing and dance together while learning.
3. Storytelling is another important strategy that strengthens the relationship with the child. Reading children books is a very good idea for that.
4. Looking your child in the eye, both during playtime and daily routine, also contributes to their good development.