Interrupting / Interrumpir

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Many parents of older children are aware of how difficult it is for them to focus, be it on a book, a conversation, homework, or even a game.
A big factor in this is undoubtedly that we live in a fast-paced world, where multitasking is seen as a good thing, and where technology allows for swift changes of activity that a few years back we couldn’t even dream of.
However, we as parents play a big role as well. Have you ever had second thoughts about interrupting a baby? Moreover, has it ever even crossed your mind that you could be interrupting them? I didn’t think so.
Well, it turns out that babies are born with an amazing capability to focus or concentrate on things, as long as they are appropriate for their stage – meaning simple enough but not as much that they seem boring. So exposing them to interesting objects, when they are in the alert awake state of course, seems like a good idea, to capitalise on this innate ability.
So for example Chloe can easily spend ten minutes watching one of her mobiles and, even when letting her enjoy it, it’s very tempting to cheer her or chat to her, which defeats the purpose as it brings her attention to me!
Every day I make sure I give her uninterrupted time to explore something, be it a mobile, a toy, or a cushion with a nice pattern like in the picture 🙂 and in turn I get a short break to do stuff – win win!

Muchos padres de niños más mayorcitos saben lo difícil que es que se concentren en algo, ya sea un libro, una conversación, los deberes, o incluso un juego de mesa.
Sin duda, un factor muy importante es que vivimos en un mundo acelerado, donde valoramos el hacer varias cosas a la vez, y en el que la tecnología actual nos permite cambiar de actividad a una velocidad nunca antes soñada.
Pero nosotros, como padres, jugamos un papel crucial también. Alguna vez te ha dado cosa interrumpir a un bebé? Es más, se te había pasado por la cabeza que le podías estar interrumpiendo? Ya me lo temía.
Los bebés nacen con una capacidad innata para concentrarse en objetos apropiados – simples, pero no tan simples que les resulten aburridos. Así que me parece una idea fantástica exponerles estos objetos, siempre que estén despiertos y contentos, para aprovecharnos de esta capacidad.
Por ejemplo, Chloe es capaz de estudiar detalladamente sus móviles durante más de diez minutos, siempre que yo la deje tranquila. Y aunque parezca mentira, animarla o hablarle del objeto es contraproducente, ya que atrae su atención hacia mí.
Así que a diario le dejo tiempo ininterrumpido para observas cosas, ya sea un móvil, un juguete, o un cojín estampado como en la foto 🙂 y a cambio saco un ratillo para hacer cosas por la casa!

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