Science is my secret sauce as a parent.
I am uncomfortable when friends give me compliments about what an amazing mother I am to other parents. I feel I’m in a spotlight that promotes comparison, judgement and competetion among parents which just plain prevents connection and authenticity around the experience of child rearing. I feel a little like a cheat or a fraud because my education is why I’m an amazing mother.
I am grateful everyday for the plethora of information. My knowledge continuously informs my choices as a parent and understanding of my child. I know I would be a great mother even if I had study paleontology. But I wonder, would my mother instincts be enough?
Children are not born with a manuals. And our instincts truly only get us so far. However, there is a plethora of knowledge and understanding around how we as organisms grow and develop.
I love the science of child development. The pure magical science of humans is a phenomenal topic to study and a true blessing to observe in real time.
Humans are the most magical creatures on our planet. The chronological gestation of a human being from egg and sperm through adult is an epic transformational journey. Our physical, emotional, cognitive and social development is unmatched by any other living being.
It’s so magical! Scientist still have mysteries to unlock. Evolution and progress keeps transforming our species. The potential of human beings abilities is still yet to be discovered. We keep pushing through glass ceilings with more knowledge and more understanding.
The greatest amount of growth and development occurs in the first 3 years of a life for a human. Science tells us when our critical periods for development occur and how specific factors effect development.
Knowledge is power!
When you are informed with the science of human development you will parent more effectively.
I highly recommend selecting a book on child development. Put it in your bathroom or by your bed stand. Read it while you can and at the current developmental period of your child.
Here is a list of some of my favorites resources to get you started. The following are excellent resources that provide clear and concise information to support you in gaining more understanding of your growing child.
The Wonder Weeks by Frans Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt
Ages and Stages by Charles E. Schaefer
Yardsticks by Chip Wood
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff