Why we should communicate with our children

When we communicate with our children we are teaching them how to interact with others. Your child could be showing you something they’ve done, asking you a question or talking about their day – these brief interactions are all chances for your child to learn.

 

For infants, any sound can be a way of communicating with them. Talk, sing, coo or use other forms of communication to interact with them as much as you can. Name things around them as you talk. This is how they learn what things are called.

 

As they get older, kids will start to name or signal their interest in things. They might point or use their communication system to signal “truck”. You could reply, “Yes. It’s a red truck”. So you have let them know they are right, given them a new word and put it all in a simple sentence for them.

 

Children explore their world and will ask you about things they don’t understand or things that worry them. When they come to you, pause what you are doing briefly, give them your attention, and pay attention to what they say or signal. You can ask them questions about what they think.

 

Communicating with your children also sets up a relationship between parent and child. They are more likely to feel free and safe to approach you. And this is so important as they grow up.

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