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Notes about Child Development

1. Did you know that love for books can be formed in your child under age 6?

2. Bring your child in the sense of responsibility from childhood.

3. Do not criticize your child in front of others.

4. Your child wants to hear these words: good for you-I believe you will succeed-I love you-You are very beautiful- good night- sweat dreams- good morning- could you help me?-thank you-I apologize.

5. Your child doesn’t want to hear these words: shut up- you can’t understand- lazy-stay out of this-I’m fed up with you-I will complain to father about you-I don’t love you anymore- I don’t want such a child like you.

6. Make your child feel positive behavior rather than negative ones and tell these things to her/him.

7. Help your child make healthy decisions instead of deciding on her/his behalf. Stand by her/him, not be in her/his shoes.

8. The easiest way to understand the child is to evaluate the events and situations from her/his eyes.

9. Do not give long advices to your child. Tell them shortly.

10. Not the length of time you spend with your child is important, but efficiency. Spend efficient times with your child.

11. If someone from the family lies and s/he is awarded for the lie or s/he is punished despite telling the truth, child lies.

12. Develop empathy with your child. While teaching something to her/him, experience her/his feelings and observe the life from her/his eyes.

13. Talk to your child at the same eye level with her/him. Look at her/his eyes while talking.

14. Children have different characteristics even though they are at the same age. Never compare your child with other children.

15. Children don’t like listening advices. Therefore, try to be a model for them instead of giving advices.

16. Keep in mind that the best way to teach is doing and living. Prepare suitable environments for your child in order to make the things s/he learns permanent.

M.D. Yunus Emre Bıkmaz 

Physician of Pediatrics