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      Top 6 Reasons Your Child’s quality of life will be enhanced by learning a Foreign Language

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      October, 2018
      Welcoming a Great British Nanny into your home not only allows additional care for your child on a practical level, but also intellectually too.  Giving your child the opportunity to be loved and cared for by a native English speaker opens countless gateways towards a beautifully thriving future!

      Here is an exploration of just a few of the countless ways in which learning a foreign language at a young age is extremely advantageous.

      1. Enriched Cognitive functioning
      Research shows many cognitive benefits to learning a foreign language, here are just a few:

      • enhanced problem solving skills
      • better critical thinking skills
      • children learning an additional language are more creative
      • better flexibility of mind
      • increased memory
      • developed capacity to multi-task
      2. Boosted Linguistics
      Introducing your child to a foreign language at an early age will result in a much more natural fluency, as children’s brains are like sponges. Children’s brains are developmentally prepared to accept and learn a foreign language, and fluency comes fairly easily, rapidly, and without an accent.
      Between ages 8 and 12, your child will lose the capability to hear and imitate new sounds as they did when they were younger, making foreign language acquisition a little more difficult. Once children learn a second language, it is easier for them to understand additional language structures. This is why experts say that every new language learnt is easier than the one before.
      3. Advanced Academic success
      Learning a foreign language can provide academic benefits to enrich your child’s life. Bilingual children have been shown to have better critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and greater mental flexibility. All of these factors result in better academic performance and enhances the likelihood of your child using their intelligence to contribute positively to the world.
      4. Cultural Enrichment
      Every conscientious parent hopes for their children to be well-rounded, to have a love for learning and an appreciation for other cultures, and to grow up to be an abundant, contributing member of society.

      Learning a foreign language opens doors that would not otherwise be opened. Bilingual (or trilingual) individuals are able to connect with countless resources, people, places, and opportunities. A foreign language creates a deeper understanding of and appreciation for humanity and culture, which will enrich your child’s life and personal experiences in the world.

      5. Valuable contribution to society
      Do you hope that your child will be able to make a positive change the world? We have dreams for our children that they will be able to live in a peaceful and unified world. We hope that our children will be the change they wish to see and contribute to the improvement of our planet. Language has the potential to unify or separate so by your child being able to communicate with people from other cultures positive change can be shared and spread more freely.
      6. Greater JOY
      Guess we saved the best for last! Giving our children the opportunity to experience greater joy in life is the biggest gift we can offer. Children who are advanced or fluent in a foreign language are likely to feel incredibly accomplished when practicing abroad. The opportunity to communicate with local people will significantly boost their self-esteem, autonomy and confidence. It will allow them to feel a priceless sense of achievement and allow them to forge connections all over the world!
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      Reasons why teaching children to label their feelings is so important

      Happy and sad tend to be the primary feeling labels that are taught to children. This encourages a black and white type of thinking, good and bad, right and wrong. Assisting our children in understanding the full spectrum of human feelings is vital in ensuring that they grow into emotionally astute young adults. With this early understanding it’s far more likely that children’s emotional awareness will continue to develop into their adulthood.