How To Improve Memory in Children25 October 2017
At a time when your toddler is just starting to use and understand words and names of places and people, her memory is in full-time mode. Everything she learns is new, and remembering it all might be a bit too much for her (which is why you sometimes get the impression that she is not listening to you when you say she can’t draw on the walls, but then draws on the walls two days later).
No need to worry, of course. With time, her brain will have grasped the many things it is learning every day, and her cognitive skills will be fully developed. Until then though, there are a few things you can do to help her and her brain out.
- Repeat everything. It might get tiring, but by repeating things once, twice, three times, you’re helping her understand and remember. Do so in the simplest words possible, and without getting upset. This also applies to activities, such as mastering using a spoon.
- Sing it. Research has shown that children remember things better when it is paired with a melody. You can use existing songs, or make up your own tunes together, about anything from brushing her teeth to picking out her clothes.
- Stay positive. Positive feedback goes a long way, and at this age, kids remember praise more than discipline. When she does something good, show her that you’re happy with what she’s done.
- Make it fun. If your child is learning something new in a fun way, they’re more likely to remember that things. For example, if you’re teaching her to put her dirty clothes in the laundry basket, do a little dance every time you do it. This will make it fun for her to do a chore.