Children Just Want you to Listen

2018-10-09T03:10:55+00:00

When children start babbling and parents look at them and exclaim in surprise, children learn how to get that reaction. It is quite amazing to watch a 10 month old do that?

Even though children talking sometimes don’t make sense to adults, but they are imitating adult conversations and looking for us to react to the conversation that they are trying to have.

This is why interactions are so important for caregivers or parents. As your child grows and becomes more and more talkative, parents sometimes just need to take the time out and listen to them and acknowledge them and try to understand what their child is trying to say. We are so busy in our daily chores that sometimes when a child say “Mom” the mom replies “Honey can you give me a few minutes so I can wrap this up and then I will hear you out.” And if the child keeps coming back eventually parents get agitated or angry and instruct the child to listen to them and hold on. Let’s just take that time and look at our children and listen to what they have to say and engage in conversation with them.

Some things that parents can do to help conversation and language development with their child:

Just stop your daily chores for a few minutes and listen to your child
Another way would be to set aside an hour or two to spend with your child just talking to them and listening to what they have to say every day. It will be unbelievable how much of a connection that will establish between you and your child
Don’t look at your phone or device or TV as your child talks to you since you need to lead by example.
Try to pick some common fun activities to do with your child and this should be something that your child enjoys.

In our day to day lives we are so wound up in schedules that we need to stop and allow ourselves to listen and absorb everything that happens around us and be mindful of our conversations and allow our children to bring patience and simplicity into our lives.

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