Be Your Baby’s First Teacher

Preface (Page 11)


I wanted to write a book to help parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers understand child development. I also wanted to empower them to be their child’s first teacher. Some parents are waiting until their children get to school for the “ real learning” to begin. Some parents view teachers as experts, but some teachers don’t view parents in the same light. When parents arrive at the school with their children, some educators seem to say, “ I’ll take it from here.” Some parents seem to say, “ Here, educate my child for me.” During my trainings with educators, they shared that “ parents just don’t get it.” Whenever I coached parents, they shared that “ teachers just don’t understand.” The gap needs to be bridged between “ not getting it” and “ not understanding.”

“ Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.”                                                                            —Marian Wright Edelman