The UK think tank CentreForum is attempting to make parents better at their jobs and to raise healthier, happier, smarter kids. And they are recommending that parents follow five simple steps to make that happen.
Their report - which they hope the government will use as a national campaign- said there “was ‘overwhelming’ evidence that intervention in a child’s earliest years was dramatically more effective than try to make remedial efforts at school age.” The reports’ author believes that, “mothers and fathers from all backgrounds could make a difference to their children’s life chances by following some simple rules.”
They are encouraging parents to:
1) Read to their children 15 minutes a day
2) Talk to them for 20 minutes while the TV is turned off.
3) Praise your child frequently and give a positive attitude toward them.
4) Play with them on the floor for ten minutes each day
5) Provide a nutritious diet
Although many parents do all this without even needing to be prompted or reminded, the report says that there is evidence that “children from poorer backgrounds were much less likely to experience a “rich home learning environment” than those growing up in wealthier households.” And some parents, they just need a bit more guidance on how to be a better parent, hence they hope this becomes a national trend.
Many of us do all these things already. Do you do these five steps already?