Whether it’s your sister’s OMG work anecdote or a (rare) good joke from the boy, hearing you laugh is great for your toddler’s confidence. ‘Young children are very adept in picking up on atmospheres and non-verbal cues,’ explains Joanne Mallon, author of Toddlers: An Instruction Manual
. ‘So if a home is full of laughter, it’ll help him feel more confident and secure, both inside and outside the house.’
All that chatting to him helps develop his language skills
, so talk away. ‘It’s important not to over-explain, though, and make an effort to use language and concepts that he’ll understand,’ says Joanne. ‘And don’t forget to listen and leave space for him to talk back to you.’
Make eye contact…
… when you talk to him, and also crouch down to his level – it boosts that connection
and his understanding of what you're saying.