Preventing overstrain

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The emotional well-being of every baby, toddler and child is the most important and precedes the importance of robotics and language learning (and mathematics might be a special case). The relationship between the mother (parents) and the baby is more important than activities like ambitious robotics and languages learning. Only as long as the relationship between the mother and the baby has the necessary time and calmness to develop and the mother in a healthy way, other activities can help or assist in improving this relationship even more and offering unique learning opportunities for the baby. The happiness of the baby should be maximized with long term happiness in mind instead of short-term happiness (like for example eating sweet but unhealthy food). The baby should have the opportunity to rest and sleep when it wants. But if there is time and usually there is still plenty of unused time in the day and nowadays, only a small fraction of that time is used for learning in an efficient way, the baby can learn efficiently with robots and it can also casually learn several languages at the same time with the help of its mother and the other people, animals and robots around. The way of learning is only efficient when the baby only learns when it is ready to do so and interested and attentive and also has a funny and interesting experience. The more a baby looks, listens and interacts (and maybe even laughs) in an intrinsically motivated way, the higher the chances that the baby likes this kind of activity and learning experience and that the happiness of the baby increases which is the essential for the overall development of a baby and later a toddler. Robotics and casual multimodal parallel natural language learning whenever the baby is intrinsically motivated for it can not only increase the intelligence, but also the happiness of a baby and create the foundation of a lifelong, intrinsically motivated learning process with many moments of happiness and insights. And thanks to the early onset with robotics, the foundations of mathematics can also begin to be developed already in early babyhood.

In order to prevent overstrain, the mother should have a firm and sensitive relationship for her baby and continuously try to feel when the baby would like to have a rest.


  • It is not advisable at all to continue with multimodal parallel natural language learning if a baby or toddler has listened enough and simply does not want to hear the same sentence in yet another language.

Even and especially the natural developmental stages that all babies and toddlers of today pass through should not be encouraged to be "accelerated". A baby or toddler should never pushed into something that it does not want in an intrinsically motivated way: For example:

  • If a baby wants to remain crawling forward on the floor instead of walking guided by the hand of its mother or parent, let it play and move forward by crawling respectively remaining on the floor. It is better for the cognitive development of a toddler if the pace of its development remains in its own autonomy and intrinsic motivation, and if a baby or toddler still wants to remain in an early stage, it might actually be a good sign of/for neoteny. For example, if a toddler remains on the floor for an activity, this might indicate that the toddler still has preserved a significant part of its babyhood and still at least partially remains in the developmental stage of a baby with all its increased cognitive flexibility and openness. Therefore, instead of trying to motivate a toddler to walk as quickly and as often as possible, let the toddler remain on the floor and play and explore while crawling on the floor as long as the toddler prefers activities on the floor and instead ensure that the people, animals, robots and other learning opportunities (including the floor/ground itself and its properties) that the still crawling toddler encounters are adapted to its way of crawling and exploring its environments and that the still crawling toddler can learn and benefit most from its still crawling stage. It will learn much more at such a crawling activity with its good learning opportunities compared to when being extrinsically motivated to already try to stand or even walk. Therefore, in such a situation, slow is even better than fast (and it is not the only situation where slow is better than fast, see the corresponding category below.)

Maybe it would be a good idea to merge this page partially with other pages, it might partially have become a mixture of topics.

Title alternatives:

  • "overstrain" or "overcharging" or "overburden" or "asking too much"?
  • "prevention of overstrain"
  • prevention of overstrain during babyhood (and toddlerhood and early childhood)
  • "expecting/demanding too much"

A special case is the prevention of overstrain during pregnancy which is an even more delicate issue compared to when a baby has already been born and is better able to give a direct feedback.