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Encourage your child to voice their opinions about things they see around them and to ask questions. Let them know that their opinion is valid, even though it might be different from your opinion, or from the opinions of their friends. Give them the confidence to stick to their opinions (but in a quiet way) in the face of peer pressure. It's alright to think differently.
You do not always need to have answers to all your child's questions - you can say you don't know or that you haven't decided what to think. Opinions are often best when they are arrived at through a process of learning. You are allowed to change your mind as you find out more.
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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