Understanding your toddler

Communicating with your toddler

The way you talk with your child has a big impact on your relationship. The way you listen is as important as what you say.

These tips can help you to communicate well with your toddler:

  • be aware of your tone of voice - young children are easily frightened
  • give your child time to talk without interrupting - get down to their level and look at them, it shows you’re really interested
  • share activities each day - even putting away toys together is a good way to talk and be together
  • take time to find out what things are special in your child’s life today - simple things like watching your child do something can make them feel special.

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Last updated: 11 March 2016

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