Parents play many different roles when interacting with young children. How we play these roles makes a difference and affects how our child learns.
What roles do you play?
The Helper ~ It’s hard to resist the natural instinct to make things easier for our kids. Do you talk for your child or offer help before they need for it? By doing this, we deny them the chance to learn by trying or saying it for themselves.
The Mover ~ Families are busy! Do you have something scheduled for every minute of the day? This doesn’t allow much time to make a caring connection with your child. We find ourselves talking at our child, rather than with them.
The Teacher ~ Remember that your child learns best by doing, rather than watching or being told what or how to do something. When we do most of the talking, our child doesn’t get a chance to learn by doing.
The Responsive Partner ~ Use the 3A Way to encourage your child to connect and communicate:
- Allow your child to lead
- Adapt to share the moment
- Add language and experiences
“It Takes Two to Talk and what we do makes the difference. It’s hard to help our child learn to talk when we’re busy doing everything for them, constantly on the move, or focused on teaching. Being a responsive partner will give us limitless opportunities to talk with our child and help them learn.”
~ adapted from “It Takes Two to Talk ~ A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Communicate” by Ayala Manolson