Friday, March 23, 2007

When a child is born, a mother is born

Translated from Korean:
A child is born not knowing anything about the world.
A mother is born not knowing anything about a child.

A child who is unable to balance his own head,
Possesses the strength to support his own weight.

He may cry out for milk,
But he has the ability to distinguish between his mother’s milk and that of another.

A newborn sleeps 14 hours a day,
And during that time, his neural development progresses at an astonishing rate.

Though a baby puts everything in his mouth,
He does so because of his limited eye sight so he can see and feel these objects.

A baby imitates his mother and this is the very first learned skill a baby possesses.

And then a baby speaks... using nonverbal gestures.

Children who learn to sign score an average of 12 points higher on IQ tests. -- USA Today
Baby signing facilitates speech development. -- Linda Acredolo

But most importantly, signing with children nurtures a stronger family bond.

Dog, cat, milk..

A child is born.
A mother is born.
Baby signing is born to help us communicate with our babies.

Hat tip: Kindermusik at Musikandmotion


Miss Sunny said...

Thanks for sharing this, Molly! My translation isn't perfect-- thank God for Korean-English dictionaries!

Molly McGinn said...

Miss Sunny, I loved it. It's amazing to see the interaction betweeen the two, and how much a parent and child really do say to each other, with out saying a word.

And I love the analogy, "When a child is born, a mother is born."

Just beautiful.