Toddlers need help communicating
Toddlers learn new words and ideas every day. You may notice your child getting better and better at telling you what she needs.
Even though she’s getting better at letting you know how she feels, sometimes it may still be hard for her to find all the right words to tell you what she needs.
When she has trouble communicating, watch her body language to see if it can give you any clues. Talk to her and try to help her find the words.
What to watch for in her body language…
- Look at her hands and shoulders. Are her hands in fists or her shoulders tight?
- Watch her face. Is she wrinkling up her nose or squinting her eyes?
- If she’s crying, do her tears seem like they’re from anger or from frustration?
- Pay attention to where she looks. Is her head down in embarrassment? Or is she wiggling and too excited to stop for a second?
Even if she can’t tell you what she needs or what she feels, you can learn a lot from watching her body language and patiently talking things over.
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Q & A
Q: My son has been having a tough time when I leave him with our babysitter lately. I usually try to just sneak out so I don’t upset him, but it doesn’t seem to help. What do you suggest?
A: As tough as it is to see him upset, most toddlers actually adjust more easily when you leave if you say goodbye.
It may help to tell him when you’ll be back and suggest things for him to do while you’re gone.
Before you leave, try starting an activity together. You can start coloring a picture together or building a block tower. Then tell him it’s time for you to go and say goodbye.
He still might cry, but he’ll probably calm down quicker than when you sneak out. Also, when you’re honest with him, he’ll learn to trust and be honest with others.
Make him part of the story!
One thing that almost all young children are interested in is themselves.
To keep your child engaged in reading time, try making him one of the characters in a story. You can give him a leading role in the book you’re reading, or make up a story about your day.
“Once upon a time, there was a boy named Jacob who loved making block towers…”
Including him in the story can help keep him interested. If he’s interested, he’ll learn that reading can be fun.