Talking to Your Child

Q: “I’m worried that my daughter doesn’t seem to know what I’m saying when I talk to her. I want to say something I know she’ll understand, but I’m not sure what to talk to her about.”

A: You’re taking control of your relationship with your daughter in a positive, productive way, and talking with your child is very important.

When adults don’t talk with a child, the child can feel isolated and it may limit her language and communication skills. (A back-and-forth dialog is even more valuable than talking to your child.)

When talking with your daughter, talk about anything at all: What you are doing? What you are looking at? You can talk about her: name her body parts, clothes, describe what she’s doing, etc. Wait for her responses (anything at all!) and build on them so she gets the most out of these conversations.

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