this is my first question here, thanks for having me :) Apologies if this question seems to be a little bit subjective, let me try and more clearly define what I'm asking.
My first child (daughter) is due March 2019. Like all parents I want to ensure I'm doing everything I can to create an environment wherein she can psychologically and intellectually (and physically in terms of motor function) flourish to the maximum of her ability. My issue is, I know very little about developmental psychology and even less about pedagogy.
Particularly in reference to early years (but right up to UK secondary school age would be interesting to hear about), what are the popular models, frameworks or techniques that I should be reading about and trying to put into practice as a parent?
I am a fast reader and can handle in-depth explanations, but I'm aware that there is no absolute best way of doing things. I've read a LITTLE about John Piaget's work, which has led me to believe I should try and provide play activities that will encourage my daughter to investigate the properties of a range of objects and materials, but I guess I'm looking for guidance on any other leading theories with some practical advice on application.
I don't want to just keep buying meaningless 'toys' for my daughter, I want to know I'm doing my best to keep her ahead of (or at least not behind) the developmental curve. Obviously, I also realize that having general fun is part of being a child but I guess I want to make sure that fun is playing a part in her development as far as possible.
What should I be reading?
Thank you all so much and I look forward to your input.