Teaching Moments: What Can You Do In 30 Seconds?


An easy way to nurture the brilliance in your child for just 30 seconds in a day.

After reading the title of this article, you may be a little skeptical about changing your child’s life in just 30 seconds a day. Yet, this is exactly what I am proposing you can do! It is possible to have a great impact on your child’s life by the strategic use of just 30 seconds out of your busy day.

The first step in unlocking the potential magic contained in half a minute is to begin to understand that your child is a genius. I don’t mean that your child might become a genius later in life; I mean that your child is a genius – right now! The only thing he is lacking is vocabulary and experience. We can provide him with that.

Mommy, where does genius come from?

Studies performed by the Institute for Achievement of Human Potential have shown that genius is not genetic, nor is it a blind accident occurring once in a hundred, a thousand, or even a million years without rhyme or reason.

When Einstein died, scientists took his brain and have been studying it ever since to try and determine the cause of his extraordinary intelligence. Do you know what they found that was different about his brain compared to the brain of the average person? Nothing! What does that mean? You and your children have the same brain structure as Einstein. Einstein was able to do the amazing things he did with a brain very similar to the one atop your shoulders. Even more, Einstein’s brain was smaller than the average brain.

“Okay,” you say, “if it’s not genetic or a blind accident, what creates genius?” Excellent question! So glad you asked.

“Every human infant has within him or her seeds of genius.” – Glenn Doman –

Let’s talk about the environment…

According to Glenn Doman, an incredible pioneer in the field of child brain development who devoted the past 50+ years to working with children, it is the environment we create for our children that determines the level of genius that is achieved. In this environment, we are literally instilling in our children’s minds the programming that will determine how they interact with the world as they grow. So, if it really is just the environment we provide that determines your child’s level of genius and we don’t have to worry about genetics anymore, how can we create a fertile environment that will awaken the seeds of genius within your child?

When Learning Begins

Babies are born learning. Even before birth, they are learning vast amounts from their environment.

These little miracles learn at an astronomical rate that is positively staggering. They are absorbing and storing every bit of information they are exposed to through both their physical and intuitive senses to determine how to adapt to their surroundings. They are learning something from everything you do or don’t do. It is how they were designed.

So much critical learning is done outside the traditional classroom. This critical learning permeates the child’s innermost-self and functions as points of reference that will be the map she uses to navigate her life. All this information contributes to the way your child feels about herself; her relationships with parents, friends, others; and every aspect of life and living.

How to create a learning environment

If your child is operating at a genius level from birth and is learning something from everything you do, how can you give him better information?

First, as a genius, your child is able to learn from context. There is no need to use ‘baby talk’ to your child. Use the real words. Children thirst for that knowledge. Have you ever met a child who didn’t want to be all grown up yesterday? They can handle the big words. They want the big words. Respect that and talk to them like you would any other capable adult. While your child may not be rattling off the definition of onomatopoeia at his first birthday party, his mind yearns for information undiluted and full strength.
It will give him greater ability to effectively interact with the world in years to come.

What Can You do in 30 Seconds?

Talk to Your Child

If your child is learning something from you at all times, why not be an active participant in teaching him about everything going on in his environment? I mean really everything. Discuss with him about the way you wash the dishes, what you are cooking for dinner, why you are brushing his teeth, how to sort, wash, and fold the clothes while doing laundry. Just talk to him about whatever you are doing. Once we are aware of how to create a better learning environment for our little geniuses, we are able to move on to, what Mr. Doman described as: What you can do with just 30 seconds.

What can you cram into 30 seconds? Not a little, but a lot!

Here is the scenario. You are in the kitchen trying to cook dinner. The chicken is in the pan, the potatoes are almost ready to be mashed, and the biscuits are in the oven. From the other room you hear the sweet voice of your child excitedly saying, “Mommy, Mommy! Come look!”

OPTION 1: You can tell your child, “Sorry, Honey. Mommy is busy cooking dinner. In a minute, okay?” This will take you about 30 seconds to convince your child to leave so you can finish cooking.

OPTION 2: You can quickly poke your head in the front room to see the object of interest that has your child so excited. You see the neighbor walking his dog and your child excitedly points at the dog and asks, “What’s that, Mommy?”

You can answer with, “Oh, that’s just a bow-wow. Mommy has to finish cooking dinner now,” and walk back into the kitchen. This will take about 30 seconds as well.

OPTION 3: You can dry your hands on a towel and go into the front room with your child. To your child’s inquiry about what the giant walking ball of slobber and fur your neighbor has on a leash you can respond, “Look at that! It is a Saint Bernard. See how big he is? Look at all that fur. It is brown and black and white. See how his tongue is hanging out of his mouth? That helps him to keep cool when it the weather is hot. See how he walks on four legs? You walk on two.”

Can you see the difference? Do you see how you can give your child details about anything in her environment in a short amount of time? This is what she yearns for. She wants to know all about this big, beautiful world we live in.

You can do this with any topic, anytime, anywhere. Just talk to your child about everything! You’ll be surprised how much you know, and your children want this knowledge.

Tell her about the flowers you are walking past, describe the shape, color, scent, texture, number of petals, the time of year they are blossoming and anything else you can think of.

When you are driving down the road, talk to him about the different cars. There’s a red Mercedes Benz. They are made in Germany and Germany is in Europe. There goes a white Honda Stream. It is a MPV and they are made Japan and Japan is part of Asia.

Tell her about the grocery store, where the food comes from, what it takes to get all the food there neatly on the shelves, how they keep the shelves stocked.

Tell him about the airplane flying overhead, how Orville and Wilbur went against everything man believed about humans being able to fly, how these two men didn’t stand for the status quo because they had a dream, how they persisted in working toward their dream until they succeeded. Tell him how two men working toward their passion, not caring what the world thought forever changed that same world. Tell her she can change the world, too.

You have oodles of facts stored in your brain. Dust them off and share them with your kids. What do you know about? What are you interested in? What would you like to learn more about? You will be amazed what you have stored in there when you start talking. Your kids don’t know all of what you know. Share it with them.

Let’s look at what 30 seconds a day can do in a year. If you take 30 seconds out of your day every day for a week to tell your child 10 different facts about one thing,

• In one week, you will have given your child 70 new tidbits of information in less than 4 minutes.
• In a month, you will have given your child 300 new tidbits in less than 15 minutes.
• In a year, you will have given your child 3,650 new tidbits in all of about 3 hours of your time. That is in just one year!
• In three years, you will have given your child 10,950 tidbits he didn’t know before in only 9 hours of your time!
That sounds pretty good, right? That is getting close to 4,000 things you can teach your child in a year using only 30 seconds out of your busy day!

In the Blink of an Eye

These are such precious years with your child! Your days may seem long and frustrating right now as you feel like you juggle the responsibilities of work, cleaning the house, doing laundry, changing diapers, wiping noses, and diffusing tantrums, etc (you know what I’m talking about). Yet, your child is going to be small for such a short time! You can never get these moments back. You don’t have to wait until he gets older to interact with him. He is eager and ready now. Seize this incredible window of opportunity and fill his mind with information about this beautiful world, and fill his heart with abundant assurances of love. Just talk to your children. Teach them. Learn with them. Love them. It will change their lives, your life, and the world. Start today. It will only take you 30 seconds.

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