I was talking to someone the other day about her child. This woman seemed to think that her daughter didn’t learn much and seemed to be at a disadvantage with her school peers. It appeared as though she blamed the child for her lack of education and knowledge. While it is true that the child should bear some responsibility, the fact is that parents can actually start teaching their kids “before they are even born.” When a woman is pregnant it helps to talk to the mother’s stomach. As crazy as this may sound, it has been known to work. For my own daughter I talked to her mother’s stomach. I would continually say “Hi, baby…. This is Daddy.” Well, when my daughter finally arrived, she started crying (like most newborn babies naturally do). I held her and simply said, “Hi, baby, this is Daddy” and she immediately stopped crying and managed to open one eye to look at me. It was an instant connection and I could tell the she recognized the sound of my voice. Naturally, if babies can recognize sounds from inside the womb then that should mean that you can start their education immediately. Sometimes parents get so caught up in witnessing the cuteness of their children that they fail to realize that they are wasting valuable learning time. The sooner you start your child’s education the better the advantage that child should have. A child that sees the same environment with no learning stimulus has nothing new to learn. It is like watching a television that is turned off. A child is a product of the environment. Why not making it a learning one? For this woman that I talked to I understood how she felt. She wanted her daughter to do better in school. When a child has books, a computer, paper, pencils and just about anything else around the house then the child has means and access to explore different things. Surround the child with stimuli and watch what happens. Babies can’t do it by themselves. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly, Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, and keyboardist Stan Brisbon