Japanese Masaru Ibuka was a versatile and very gifted person. Serious businessman and co-founder of Sony, he was deeply involved in child psychology and pedagogy and has created a unique method of early development of children.

“The main goal of early development – is raising happy children. The child is allowed to listen to good music and learn a foreign language, not in order to cultivate a linguist or musician. The main thing – to develop a child’s boundless opportunities to have more joy in his life and in the world “- he writes.
Here is the most important parenting advice from the book of Masaru Ibuka “Kindergarten is Too Late“. For its time it was innovative and now have become the norm of conduct for loving and caring parents.

The main pieces of advice from Masaru Ibuka:

  1. From childhood surround the child with the best achievements of mankind. Listen to classical music, show a work of art, read fiction.
  2. Engage with your child every day. Even one session per day leads to surprising results.
  3. Do not quarrel with the child. Your child is very sensitive.
  4. Allow your baby to sleep in your bed. A joint dream has developmental impact on children.
  5. Encourage the child to interact with other children. It is perfectly stimulates the child’s mind, competitiveness, the desire to be first.
  6. Do not forbid your child to defend their interests, and even quarrel. Quarrels develop communication skills.
  7. Do not limit the child. All that develops his intellect and creative inclinations.
  8. Praise and smack gently. Praise for the cause, especially boys, are rarely punish.
  9. Do not force your child to “good” and “bad.” Let the child himself learn from life experience with your help, and eventually he begins to distinguish it.
  10. Encourage and support the child’s interest to do anything. Create the necessary conditions for this.
  11. Repeat learned. This forms the correct circuit in the brain of the child.
  12. The child need not only a mother, but also dad. There should be no restrictions in the communication between father and child.
  13. Do not feel silly childish fantasies. The ability to dream and fantasize generates creativity of the child.
  14. Do not treat the child as you own property. This is not true. In addition, it can cause a child of disbelief in their own strength
  15. Develop tactile sensation of the baby. Take a small child to touch objects made of various materials – soft and hard, heavy and light, smooth and rough.
  16. Do not buy your child everything he asks for. Excess toys distracting for the child, then it will be difficult to learn.
  17. Encourage your child to play with DIY toys. The child will experience great joy from the fact that he was able to assemble it. In an era of ready-made toys this is a rarity.
  18. Develop fine motor skills of the child – modeling, cutting and folding figures. As is well known, “the child’s mind – at his fingertips.”
  19. Walk with a child on foot. Walking is very useful, because while walking involved 400 of the 639 muscles of the body.
  20. When the child is engaged in something, do not attach great importance to the result. After all, process is important, not the result. Let her work as much as it is interesting.
  21. Do not force your will on the child. Forcing him to do something against his will, you undermine his faith in himself.
  22. Encourage expression of original thinking in a child. Standards raise the standard man.
  23. Before you raise children, you must first educate the parents, that it, yourself.

And finally, another great quote Masaru Ibuka:  “The best education for your child – it’s a mother’s love. The most important activity for parents – is parenting. If they do not agree, why should they have got children?”.

Mother and daughter having fun in park in autumn