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Though the findings found many similarities among the moms, interesting cultural differences were noted. Chinese moms valued grit/tenacity; Brazilian moms hoped their children would be environmentally aware; Russian moms favored athleticism. Mexican moms in particular said it was important for children to reach milestones quickly and ahead of others.
“It's been proven that development begins at birth, and parents can greatly impact their child’s future success in the early years just by loving and engaging with their child every day,” said Shakira. “Through the work I've done with my Barefoot Foundation, I’ve seen parents make a big difference in their child’s healthy development through the daily practice of things like reading to them, talking, singing or even simply playing. We as parents are their first teachers and it's never too early to start.”
Shakira also previewed her parenting app, Grow. The app features 2,000 play ideas, mini articles, and activities customized to a child’s age.
For full study results, go to www.fisher-price.com/HappyFactor.