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Put away your phone

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Put away your phone

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The most important thing you can do as a parent of a baby or toddler is to give them your undivided attention as much as possible. By doing this you make them feel valued. It is very distressing for a child to be ignored even for a short time. Have a look at this video of the still face experiment that proves the point.

Children who receive enough parental attention have the confidence to be more independent. Kids who crave attention can sometimes be noisy and disruptive in an attempt to gain attention.

Nowadays one of the main temptations for parents is to be on their mobile phones instead of paying attention to their child. They may be communicating with friends, keeping abreast of news and gossip on social media, or working from home. If that describes you, try and put your phone away. Nothing is more important than your responsibilities as a parent, and nothing will reward you more that helping your child to grow and develop in confidence.  

  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life. 

  • How can I do more?

    Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.

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