Nourishing and cherishing your child also involves teaching him how to relate with his world so he can enjoy a blissful relationship with others. Teach him to be courteous, polite and respectful to others. Also teach him the value of apologies, cooperation for others. Let him learn to use words such as: “Thank you” “I’m sorry” “Good morning Sir/Ma’am,” and practically show respect for his elders by genuflecting, kneeling, prostrating, bowing the head or whatever posture is used in your culture.

You should also nourish your child’s intellect. The early years, especially the first three years of life are every important for building the child’s brain. Everything he sees, touches, tastes, smells or hears helps to shape the brain for thinking, feeling, moving and learning. At this stage, talk to your child, buy him educational toys and teach him alphabets, numerals and colours. Research has shown that a child’s brain and language skill develop rapidly when he attends a preschool. A child who attends preschool is also smarter than the one who doesn’t. So, as part of organising an early learning programme for your child, enroll him in a preschool before he’s ready for primary school.

Entering primary school on time is also critical to ensure the continuity of the child’s development. In most countries, children start primary school at around 6 – 7 years of age. Ensure your child starts school at the appropriate age (in accordance with your country’s policy). By the time he enters primary school, he should have basic cognitive and language skills, sufficient social competency and emotional development to allow him to enjoy learning in the formal school setting.

Don’t let your child stop his formal education at the primary school level. Make him move on to high school and then to tertiary school, where he will require the necessary competency and knowledge to cope and excel in this competitive world.

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