5 Intangible Gifts You Can Give to Your Toddler

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Being a mother is one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs in the world. We know you work so hard to give them the best things this life has to offer, but it’s important to be reminded of the things that truly count to be able to help your child become the best version of themselves.

The Gift of Time

Children develop their full potential when they are nurtured by relationships with a strong foundation. The best way to build this kind of relationship is by allotting quality time with your child. Child development experts and researchers say that even 15 minutes of focused time each day can be beneficial for your child.

In a world where everyone is strongly attached to gadgets and the digital world, there’s a need to remind parents that their children need their time to be able to provide guidance and make the kind of memories that will make them better individuals as they grow up.


The Gift of Discipline

This is a tried-and-tested method for a child to learn that every action has its own consequence. But know that every child is different, which is why the responses may also vary depending on the approach. For infants and toddlers, non-verbal techniques can be effective ways to discipline your child. You may use eye contact, gestures, and facial expressions.


The Gift of Resilience

Know that your love and support are two of the most important things to boost a child’s confidence to overcome life’s greatest challenges. This is something they should develop at home, so they’ll be able to stand strong wherever life takes them. Children are provided the right information to make informed choices and learn what is right and wrong for them to have the right set of values as they grow and develop into productive individuals.


The Gift of Imagination

Let them enjoy their childhood by helping them see things beyond the ordinary. Let them dream big! Imagination excites the spirit, develops creativity, enhances resourcefulness, and encourages them to push the limits. Let imagination bring good childhood stories and support them as they see life in brighter and bolder colors!


The Gift of Breastmilk

Breastfeeding is truly a wonderful phase of motherhood.  After all, it provides an unparalleled kind of nourishment, protection, and bonding experience for you and your child. For babies, breastmilk boosts their immune system to keep them away from various illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, breastfed babies perform better in intelligence tests. For mothers, breastfeeding has been proven to lower the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, developing type 2 diabetes, and developing postpartum anxiety and depression.

Want to know more about breastfeeding? Log on to https://mbfp.doh.gov.ph/ or download the MBF Ph app now.

First Published by Mother-Baby Friendly Philippines / August 2019