Smart Baby Clever Child-Brain Building Games and Activities by Dr. Valentine Dmitriev is a wonderful book on the mechanics of early childhood development. From the start, frequent parental contact with the newborn is important in the early developmental process. Dr.Anna Freud recognized this when she developed the Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic (1952-1982) aimed at keeping abandoned children on a steady developmental path.
The author explains that parents can take on an authoritative or permissive role. Authoritative parents adhere to rigid rules. They seek obedience; whereas, permissive parents tend to be non-punitive and more accepting during the pendency of early childhood development. From the start, babies are attracted to human forms and learn by an iterative process of trial and error.
Neontates have been known to imitate their parents’ facial expressions a mere 6 days after child birth. A regular routine for a baby can produce more compliance later on in life. Nonetheless, parents should recognize their children as individuals first. Dr. Spock agreed by saying the same thing.
Dr.Dmitriev sets forth specific exercises which parents can initiate with the baby. These exercises are classified by the developmental stage in weeks. Sample exercises include leg push, leg lift, pull to sit, roll from back to stomach and lunge forward. At the one year plateau, babies are ready to start playing with pull and push toys. A whole series of technology tools are cited to assist in developing cognitive skills. These tools include the iPad, interactive games, learning apps, flash cards and electronic puzzles.
The author explains a whole host of activities aimed at motivating children in an early developmental stage of life. Examples of these activities include fresh air/outdoors, food, shelter, adult attention, freedom to move, novelty, love, recognition, reward and autonomy to experiment.
Baby tantrums are a sign of fatigue, expectations not realized, the associative fear of pain like going to the doctor or the parents leaving the baby alone. A strength of the book is that the author provides ample coping mechanisms to deal with behavior out of the norm.
Smart Baby Clever Child-Brain Building Games and Activities by Dr. Dmitriev is an important milestone in early childhood development. The work contains ample coping strategies to handle just about any exigency that could possibly arise.
There is an area for further study and development; namely, sugar consumption and substitutes for sugar in the form of cinnamon and anise. In addition, certain
brands offer sugarless ice cream. Parents and their pediatricians should discuss
these healthful options in place of sugar in order to promote lifelong health
beginning at the earliest age possible.