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Topic: How to make my baby smarter?
Posted: 05 Aug 2016 at 4:07am
I know this sounds like a ridiculous question...but seriously I am worried.

When I get back in from work, my wife is usually watching some Kardashian nonsense on tv or Say Yes To The Dress holding our daughter and I am worried we are wasting the most important days, weeks and months of her life where she could be learning and developing.

I read that babies can recognise something like 50 brands and at the age of 3 can speak multiple languages if they are exposed to this at home. I'm worried our daughter is not learning anything more than what Kim Kardashian has to say about her sisters or what a wedding dress looks like.

What can I do? What should I say and how can I motivate my wife on this?

Cheers,
Ian
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 4:52am
Hi Ian,
I hear you. It cannot be so motivating for you to go out to work everyday if you come home to seeing your wife just watching tv with your daughter. How old is your daughter? Is she a few months old or are we taking years?
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 5:07am
Hey Kapoor, thanks for posting. She will be 2 in October.

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Ian
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 5:32am
Ok then she is officially a toddler  Smile

In the event that it is not simply bad timing when you come home and your wife is exhausted after playing with your daughter all day then there are some basic things you can do to stimulate your daughter and hopefully motivate your wife from just giving in to daytime television.

One simple thing Ian, is to swap the television for a book.

When you come home, you could make a point of switching off the television and saying "Now it's story time!"

Take out a book, point out little details in the pictures and ask your daughters questions. These could be anything from the abstract such as "Why do you think he doesn't want to jump over the moon?" to the concrete such as "Have you ever seen a fire truck?"

In so long as the questions are extending the story then your daughter is will think more about the story and ask questions about what she is reading which all adds to both reasoning and logic and creative imagination.
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 5:57am
A great suggestion from Kapoor.

When our son was small Ian, I used to take out all sorts of cups and containers in the kitchen and a measuring jug filled with water. We used to pour the water between the different cups and talk about which cups were bigger and which were smaller. There was usually water everywhere but to this day I swear he loved it and learned so much from this and when he then went off to play with his cars and trucks used to sort them into order by their size. Now if that's not learning I don't know what is!
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 6:05am
Not to sound like a slave driver but you would be amazed how kids love to work. Especially if they feel they are helping mummy or daddy.

My wife used to play a game with our son with the laundry.

It might sound strange but they played loads of different games. Sorting dark colours from light colours. Sorting his clothes from our clothes and pairing up socks.

If you ask me this was better than the sorting blocks you can buy from Target and Toys R Us.

-Jon
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 6:37am
Wow guys! Loads of great ideas here. I will definitely put some of these to test and hope if my wife sees us playing that she will be motivated to turn off the tv and join in.

Cheers,
Ian
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Direct Link To This PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 at 7:31am
If you are looking for some outdoor activities, a game my son and I played was to look at pictures of insects like ladybirds, crickets, butterflies, worms and such in a book or magazine and then go out into the garden and try to find some. It was great to get outside and away from the tv and get him to try to remember the name of the bugs.
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