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Your Child's Needs.

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YOUR CHILD'S NEEDS Children need food, clothing, warmth. That's easy to see. Most parents try to give their children these things. But that's not all they need. There are other needs - just as important but not so obvious. ENCOUARGEMENT AND PRAISE Your child needs to feel he is accepted by those around him. But he will keep on meeting setbacks and making mistakes. If he is told off every time he fails he could easily get the idea he is no good and give up trying. What he needs is your praise and encouragement every time he makes a little step forward. LOVE AND SECURITY Your child needs to be loved and feel secure. Then he can go on to love others and get on with people. You can help by showing your love with cuddles and interest in what he is doing. NEW THINGS TO DO AND SAY The world must seem very confusing to a young child. He has to work out from scratch what is going on and how he fits in to it all. Much of what a child learns is by exploring the things around him during play and talk. ...read more.


Listen to her, not the neighbours. Babies differ and even the same baby is more cuddly some days than others. FEELING SECURE Babies need to feel safe in the world. We can't make it nice for them all the time. But we can help build up trust so that they get the feeling that the world is good most of the time. WORDS WORDS WORDS Learning to talk is one of the biggest advances in your child's early years. In just over two years your child will pick up thousands of words and fit them together into quite complicated sentences. You don't have to sit down and teach him what a question is. Long before he understands such explanations he is already asking questions. WHY IS TALKING SO IMPORTANT? Talking is part of everyday life. We use it to get on with people and work together. Through talking we pass on information, ask questions, share feelings. We even think with words - have you noticed how you carry on long conversations with yourself in your head? Children think aloud in conversations with another person, or by themselves in play. A baby learns to talk in the following stages. ...read more.


5. Talk in sentences. Don't miss out words. 6. Have two-way conversations with your baby. If he 'talks' or makes sounds to you, stop and listen. Then answer and listen again. A conversation can go on for quite a time if you take turns like this. LISTENING AS WELL AS TALKING As your child grows, listen to the ideas and feelings he is trying to sort out. Let him know how important you think they are. The best conversations take place when you treat your child as an equal with ideas of his own. Once your child is talking you will be bombarded with questions. Try not to answer just 'yes' and 'no' or 'don't be silly'. Give more information and maybe ask a question back. WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT Even if your child makes mistakes with some words, praise him for trying. Children who are praised learn that people like them to talk. They feel talking is easy and fun, and that they are clever to be able to do it. Children who are corrected learn that talking is difficult. Talking may become a worry because it displeases their parents. They begin to feel stupid because they can't do it properly. So don't always correct what he says. Encourage your child to continue by listening and by answering back. ...read more.

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