Many adults wish they could be understood better by those around them. Toddlers feel the same way, but they have much more limited communication skills! Sometimes, toddlers get so frustrated that they “melt down” in a temper tantrum. Learning how to communicate with your toddler can go a long way toward enhancing your relationship and helping your toddler feel loved and understood.
But how can we communicate with these young children? There are a few exceptions, but most toddlers – children under the age of three – have a pretty limited vocabulary. Learning to understand what your toddler is trying to say is only part of the challenge. You also need to learn how to help your toddler understand you. Here are some tips for helping make this happen.
All of us have unique ways of communicating, and learning another’s language is an important aspect of interpersonal relationships. The same is true for your toddler. Watch your toddler’s gestures and body language. Try to see if he is pointing to or reaching for something. Listen to his sounds – do they have inflections that sound like a question? Maybe it sounds more like a