How do young children learn? | Podcast Episode 292

“Learning” can mean different things to different people:
– Getting good grades
– Passing a test
– Reading, writing, coding, mathematics, etc.

But how do we get to the point where we know, and can demonstrate, our knowledge?
It all starts in early childhood.
Today we dive into how young children learn best.

Plus in Parenting News: As parents, we can’t be all serious and big-business. Without some downtime, we can’t keep going, in child-rearing, in outside-of-the-home jobs, or within ourselves.
I have been going through some pretty major burnout, and today in Parenting News, I share about a resource that has been making me feel way better: The Adventure Zone, in both podcast and graphic novel form. If this completely awesome, totally-not-for-kids sci-fi-fantasy thing is not for you, that is absolutely fine! But take this moment to find something that does get you the downtime enjoyment that you need.

Join us!

Go to for a cheat sheet on the 3 ways kids learn best, key links from this episode, free guides (on potty training, picky eating, and how to handle every temper tantrum), and lots more resources!

And thank you so much for listening!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the amazing Janine Halloran, expert in teaching kids coping skills, and an incredible resource she has created to help your child handle even the biggest feelings!
Click to check out Janine’s Coping Skills for Kids Cue Card Decks.

Cheat sheet on the 3 ways children learn best

1) Through imitation.
Whether we know it or not, our kids are imitating us. So, what we do really matters! They learn best through imitating what we model.

2) Through curiosity.
Curiosity comes naturally to human beings. Fortunately, it is a massive force for learning!

3) Through experimentation.
The key: keep your child’s experimentation within safe parameters. This can be quite a juggling act, because we don’t want to stifle curiosity or the experiments that result from it. But we must also keep kids safe.


Key Links

Click here for my conversation with Baystate Learning Center Director George Popham, on the More Than Just a School Podcast.

Click here for episode 289, the episode on our role in our children’s education, and another segment of the podcast episodes that will become Educating Happy Kids: 9 Ways to Help Your Children Learn What They Need to Know.

Click here for episode 288, my conversation with Ninja Parenting Community member Jen. In it, this mom of 2 young girls shares how working closely with me has helped her get her family moving in a positive direction.

Click here for the book Visual Intelligence, a favorite for helping parents understand the difference between our internal biases – what we think we see – and what is actually right in front of us. This is a crucial part of raising children.

Click here to learn more about Successful Potty Training Even Under Pressure, the course I created to help you do exactly that.

Click here for episode 277 of the podcast, “Where and when does a child’s education begin?”

Click here for the wonderful Magic Schoolbus series of books and TV shows.


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Temper Tantrums, Potty Training, and Picky Eaters:

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