“We labor under a sort of superstition that the child has nothing to learn during the first five years of life. On the contrary the fact is that the child never learns [afterwards] what it does in its first five years.” – Mahatma Gandhi, 1925
I was reading the Great Parent Magazine sometime ago, – Dr. Stanley Greenspan, the wonderful child researcher, developed an infant assessment process he called “Floor Time.” The parents and the young child would sit on the floor with Dr. Greenspan, and he would observe the child and the child-parent interactions. He then began to realize that a variant of this process could be used to enhance the parent-child relationship. He suggested that for about fifteen minutes a day parents get onto the floor with their child and allow the child to direct the activities. The parent becomes a benign assistant. This is the time for the child to show the parent what she wants to do, what interests her, and what she feels.