Child Development
Lay A Great Foundation For Communicating With Your Child

Lay A Great Foundation For Communicating With Your Child

As a parent, you want to have a great relationship with your child. The best way to make this happen is to be deliberate about it. A healthy relationship requires effective communication, and you may be surprised to learn that the best time to start is when your child is born.

Most people assume that waiting until their babies can talk makes more sense. However, the following post explains why the foundation for good communication can and should be laid much earlier:

How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success

What do babies need in order to learn and thrive? One thing is conversation — responsive, back-and-forth communication with their parents and caregivers. This interactive engagement is like food for their developing brains, nurturing language acquisition, early literacy, school readiness, and social and emotional well-being.

A dispiriting number of children don’t get that kind of brain-fueling communication, research suggests. In early childhood policy (and in the wider media), much attention has been paid to the so-called word gap — findings that show that low-income children hear 30 million fewer words, on average, and have less than half the vocabulary of upper-income peers by age three.

If you thought that having baby talk with your child is just cute fun, now you can see that it’s more than that. Investing in actual quality talk with your child will actually pay off in the long term.

mother holds the baby on hands and talks to him

When your child does start speaking, there are things you can do to enhance the exchange to make it more effective and fulfilling for you both. Here are some tips:

Parenting Tip of the Week – Communicate Better With Your Child by Using Praise and Active Listening
All parents want to be able to talk to their children about anything. If your school-aged children are having difficulty at school or with friends, or when it comes time for ‘the talk’ with your teens, having a relationship founded on strong communication will make these tough conversations easier. The best way to prepare for these conversations early is to build this communicative relationship early. Today’s Parenting Tip of the Week is all about giving you some concrete steps to start building these communication skills with your toddler. Read full post at Prevent Child Abuse…

Be sure that you mention the things you appreciate in your child when you praise or affirm the good he or she has done. Constant affirmation opens the door for a better relationship with your child.

family, vacation, adoption and people concept – happy man, woman and little girl in sunglasses talking on summer beach

You also need to embrace your own openness with your child. Since communication goes both ways, be willing to share your thoughts and experiences. Here’s a closer look at how you can do this:

Communication Boost: How To Maximize Conversation With Your Child

Creating an environment that teaches our children to communicate can be difficult. As they get older, they start to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. Instead of talking to their parents like they did as toddlers, they find friends to confide in.

Moms can challenge this by showing their kids that their voice matters and they’re valuable. Here are a few things moms can do with their family to boost communication with their children. Read more at Are Those Your Kids…

Helping your child gain effective communication skills means placing them in external environments that support the work you’re doing at home. For instance, when choosing a preschool you should consider the quality of communication, among other factors.

Father and son playing on the beach at the sunset time. Concept of friendly family.

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