Communication becomes especially tricky when your little one becomes a toddler. At this time they are just learning the tools necessary to communicate effectively and parents in particular are a young child’s most important teacher.
When it comes to toddlers there are many barriers to communication; such as vocabulary, maturity, and physical ability. Many times these barriers result in ineffective communication and can cause many troubles, such as behavior problems, self esteem problems, and even learning disabilities. The following are some things to remember when communicating with your little one.
Remember silence is useful many times when it comes to toddlers. They are eager to express their feelings and thoughts but cannot do so if they are always being interrupted or spoken for, try to listen closely and speak clearly.
It is also incredibly difficult for toddlers to communicate. They are not physically able to say all of the words that they understand, or explain how they are feeling. Your toddler may know that he doesn’t like the food you have given him but he cannot say, “Mommy this tastes bad.” Instead he may dump his food in the floor, or even become frustrated and cry. Toddlers are just learning to use words. Try to help them expand their vocabularies by making their one to two word sentences longer. If they see a dog and point saying “Dog” you can try saying, “Yes, dogs say ruff ruff,” or “The dog is very big isn’t he?” Eventually the one word sentence dog may expand into “Dog, ruff ruff!” or “Big dog.” Continue reading »