Serve and return
No toy or virtual pastime ismore fascinating and beneficialto a child than interacting withloving adults.
When a baby gurgles atyou, you say: “Hi.” They laugh.
You laugh back. They touchtheir nose. You do the same.
You know the game—it’s asold as history. These back andforth interactions are calledserve and return.
Recent research has
and child psychologists of
the importance of serve-
and-return interactions for
healthy childhood brain
development. Games, such
as peekaboo and hide-and-
seek, help children learn about
relationships and connections
with others. Serve-and-return
interactions with adults help
children develop and build
relationships with others.
Without serve-and-return play, children risknot developing to theirfull potential, and mayhave lifelong learning andbehavioural challenges.
The code of good neighbours
Having a respectfulrelationship with the peopleyou live around goes a longway toward creating a safe,clean and healthy community,notes the City of Calgary’sGood Neighbour PracticesReference Guide. You can bea good neighbour by:
•;Being responsible for yourproperty and the alley,boulevard and sidewalksnext to it
•;Trimming your trees andgrass and keeping weedsunder control
•;Clearing snow and ice from
your sidewalks. Bonus
points for shovelling your
neighbours’ walks when
•;Making sure oldappliances, auto partsand other eyesores aren’tvisible from outsideyour property
•;Removing smelly itemssuch as garbage and petwaste
•;Respecting that loud
music, snow blowers,
barking dogs, power tools
etc.—is stressful and that
people need their sleep.
A good guideline: keepnoise down from 10 p.m.to 7 a.m. on weekdaysand 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. onweekends
•;Not beaming youroutdoor lights into yourneighbour’s windows
•;Clearly displaying youraddress to help emergencyservice workers get therefast in times of crisis,potentially saving yourlife or the lives of thosearound you.
Serve-and-return interactions withadults help children develop andbuild relationships with others