Children need early childhood education before basic education. Early childhood education has goals for children from birth. Guidance on early childhood education to foster physical and mental development in order to be ready to enter the next education.
The first phase of a child’s life is when the child is the first 6 years of life. This phase is the most important phase because it has an influence on the formation of child’s personality formation. Whatever is imprinted in the thinking of the child in this phase, its effects will manifest in his personality as an adult.
In this phase, the child is like a white paper that is ready to write anything, can with good writing, but can with bad writing. Educators should pay serious attention to education in this phase. Mothers should be more attentive and affectionate to the child in this phase. One important thing is to teach children to love others.
Assessing Results of Early Childhood Education
Some parents are sometimes in a hurry to assess their child’s early childhood outcomes. They may see a slight twist in the behavior of their twelve or seventeen-year-old son, feeling that they have failed to educate their children. Parents should convince themselves that this kind of thing is not a failure. They should keep controlling and directing their children with gentleness and compassion, giving the motivation to do good.
A mother told me, that she is sometimes in a snap by her son. The mother keeps giving her advice gently and patiently. This mother said eventually her daughter acknowledged her mother’s services.
Children should be warned to do some deeds since childhood, including:
Familiarize children to take, give, eat, and drink with the right hand.
Familiarize children to thank for the good of others.
Get used to saying hello when you go home and say goodbye when out of the house.
Father and mother should guard the tongue against dirty speech, avoiding insults and curses because of the factors that are very trivial.
Early Childhood Education by Utilizing Children’s Situations
Mothers and fathers should take advantage of situations experienced by children in their lives to link them with good and avoid evil paths. Children need the training to recognize good and evil. Children must begin to recognize the linkage of crime with the punishment it causes. It is an important matter to straighten the journey of the lives of children, men or women, young or old.
Father and mother must have the nature of educators. Father and mother should try to educate children by exploiting situations faced by children in 2 things. Both of these things are good deeds so that children are motivated to do it, and bad deeds so that they stay away from it. There are also guiding children to be patient in facing a bad reality, for example facing disaster.
Thus the role of father and mother as educators here, that is facing the various colors of life that occur repeatedly in the lives of children.