This past week ‘Wacha niKwambie Uzima’ focused on Early Childhood Parenting that is the 0-5 years old age rangeand it got myself asking some questions allow me to ask you the same…..
For the little babies…
Are you showing your babies love, attention and affection? Do you hold them? Do you touch them? Do you attend to them when they cry?
Have you ensured that their basic needs of food, shelter and nutrition have been met?
Do you take them for the routine weight checks and immunization required?
Have you ensured that your baby gets lots of sleep and that the atmosphere is calm and serene?
Does your baby have sufficient milk or formula? Have you weaned your baby off with nutritious and balanced foods?
Do you talk to your baby?
When you are away have you ensured that your most prized possession has access to day care or professional care?
Do you stimulate you baby’s mind by reading to him/ her, engaging in stimulating play?
Have you stopped comparing your baby to other babies and taken him/her as a unique being?
For the toddler
… Areyou aware that your baby’s mind is growing at tremendous speed setting the tempo for the rest of your baby’s life?
Are you aware of the importance of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste to the the child’s life?
Do you give your toddler ample time for play?
Is there a safe and conducive environment for play?
Do you give words of praise and affirmation to your toddler even for trying something that is difficult? even when your toddler has failed?
Do you talk to your toddler?
Please hear me out……..
Are you aware of the growing imagination of a toddler? Hence sometimes what they say that may seem as lies may just be as a result of an active imagination?
For the preschooler?
Have you noticed growing independence in your little one?
They are rearing to explore the world these preschoolers aren’t they?
It`s questions galore for the preschooler….
Are you reading to your preschooler?
Does your preschooler help around with chores around the home?
It is a world of new friends for the preschooler; through play, through school.
Have you ensured that your preschooler’s diet is balanced and healthy to enable growth and learning?
Are you speaking to your preschooler in grown up and grammatically correct language to build your preschooler’s vocabulary?
Finally, and most importantly have you prayed for your child today?
Note: Routine childhood checks with a professional paediatrician will pick out delay in milestones, and special needs that your child may have. Early intervention is key for any delays in childhood development or physical malfunction.
Have a great Valentine’s Day with those you hold dear! And thank you very much for following me in my journey of discovery and excellence in being the best that we can be by reading this article.
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya ‘by ', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ";, sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.