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Help to Inform and Inspire Your Child with Objectivity

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Unlike earlier generations, children in the 21st Century have gained exposure to a world of books more like their own increasingly complex lives. Writers, therefore, must remain aware and sensitive to the evolving needs of the young consumers. At the same time, parents can do their part in being aware of, monitoring and selecting the right kind of material for their children. To meet the demands of the cultural shift in the world of children’s books, it is important they have authenticity. To accomplish this, writers must impress, inform, and inspire with material free from their own personal biases. Here are some ways parents can help to keep that objectivity:

Historically, children’s book authors have used anthropomorphized personification to appeal to their readers through nature and animals. Children will relate to the human elements in these animal characters and respond accordingly.

However, every child is not of the same background and not familiar with the same things because of different experiences. Although this is the case, there are common traits to which most children will relate or can recognize that are universally popular.

In the other instances where traits are different, parents can help to explain cultural nuances. Similarly, they can explain when real people are involved in performances.

One important tricky aspect is to avoid the use of stereotypes. In a multicultural society, people have different characteristics—speech, manner, appearance, habits, and preferences.

Writers must portray characters accurately to remain authentic.

Parents should be responsible to ensure children receive the information correctly without including limiting biases or bigotry absorbed from previous generations.

For instance, are there realistic examples, such as homeless people in the stories? Are they portrayed realistically as people without homes?

Do the speech patterns vary because people are not equal or because they have different origins? Can men and women do the same jobs?

Does the writer use appropriate language to describe the identities of the characters or is there cultural or gender-bias?

The more realistic portrayals writers include in the books, the more authenticity will be present. Parents can do their part to inform and impress their children objectively, so that they develop valuable learning experiences while heightening their self-awareness. The more authenticity the children absorb from neutral writers combined with personal reactions from trusted parents, the easier it can be for children to develop positive and wholesome personal enhancement from the stories.

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How to use music to enhance your child’s life

“Kids: They dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music” ~William Stafford

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Music is an artistic form of communicating by hearing, rather than visually. Parents have used chimes or other musical toys to babysit while they prepare a bottle. Music can interrupt a crying baby, and instantly convert a tearful face to one with smiles. Babies are naturally attuned to sounds, patterns and tones and will respond with movement before they can stand on their own. I often sang to my babies to get them to sleep.

During your child’s developmental years, you can help to enhance his imagination and reading skills by introducing him to a variety of sounds. Because music is “right brain” friendly, it makes sense. A creative child can learn the alphabet by singing songs that are associated with the letters even before he can see the letters. He will memorize in the same way he does books before ever learning to read.

My friend’s preschooler listened to New Age and Semi-Classical music. Before he could speak he was able to get his favorite CD and hand to his father simply because he knew what he wanted to hear. Mozart, the great classical musician, was credited for the effect of listening to classical music. Researchers claim that listening to classical music patterns developed more neurons in the brain that would increase logical thinking, as complex rhythms led to complex understanding. On the other hand, music that had consistent repetitive patterns would have a lesser effect.

For years, researchers have tested the response to music as it relates to learning and a healthy mind. Without any pressure, your child can learn in a fun way through musical aids. The message music sends may be subliminal; however, students have listened to music on their headphones when preparing for tests or when exercising.

As an artist, I enjoy painting as well as cooking to music because it sets a very inspiring tone. With music, we can help our children to develop their creativity from as early as the cradle.notes