4 Reasons To Let Your Child Explore The Rough World

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As a mother, you’re most likely a little hesitant to let your child explore the unfamiliar world. It’s always hard for us to let go, perhaps because we’ve grown so accustomed to being protective. But when your child reaches the ages 1-3, it gets pretty hard to control them, especially when they start developing their instinct to get to know the world around them.

No matter how difficult it is, we really do need to loosen our grips on them a little bit. To help you relax, here are a couple of reasons why you it’s good for your child to explore the rough world.

1. They learn about the world through exploration.

We’ve all heard it before, and yet we seem to conveniently “forget” just how effective exploration is in the world of learning when we start worrying about our children’s safety and health. One way to feel a little more secure is to look back and remember just how we ourselves learned things better by experiencing them when we were younger. Indeed, theirs is no better way for any child to get to know the world than by seeing how things work, as well as cause and effect. During your child’s ripe age, it cannot be a more perfect time for him to exercise his new role as a little explorer, which is a vital part of his development.

2. Sensory activities help your child expand his vocabulary.

It may not seem to have a direct connection, but exploring his different senses actually helps him develop the need to communicate—thus, encouraging him to learn more words. While your child doesn’t have words yet for most of what he sees, hears and feels, you can help him understand them little by little. Involve him in sensory activities and use descriptive and action words while showing thing like rough, bumpy, soft, hard, smooth and even colors that he can associate with what he sees and feels.

3. Exploration helps your kid develop his instincts.

An interesting thing about children is exploring triggers and helps develop his instincts. At the same time, he’s able to find out his physical limitations and learn about making his own decisions. It might sound serious for his age, but he actually already exercises his freedom of choice when he decides which toy to play with, where to go, and what to do.

4. Exploration promotes social and emotional growth.

Giving a child freedom to explore his environment and, at the same time, showing him that he can always go back to you whenever he needs guidance gives him both a confidence boost and a sense of security. So when you try letting your child “go,” do expose him to little kids his age so he can also develop his social skills while cultivating important traits, such as sharing, compassion and respect.


One thing parents should remember that letting children explore is more beneficial than it is harmful. And by simply laying out security measures, such as keeping your home baby-proofed and putting up safety barriers in the yard, it helps give you a peace of mind. Also remember to give your child plenty of water during playtime and to have him wear appropriate and comfortable clothes.

 

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