Gestures appeared much earlier than a person learned to speak, so initially children understand gestures better than words. Often, parents do not have enough words to calm their child or persuade him to wash.
Then they can come to the aid of 5 ways to talk with the baby without words.
Recent studies by Concordia University have shown that children as young as 18 months can read different facial expressions. They can even understand when you are pretending or trying to hide something.
Why did early development provide children with this ability? Kids can not express in words their needs. Therefore, they are given the opportunity to communicate at the level of emotions, through affect.
So the next time you see your baby on the bathroom floor in a shaving cream, you better give your face a look of disapproval. It will be much more effective than any words.
From early childhood, the baby understands that different gestures carry different messages. Try to accompany your words with gestures. For example, show an open hand when you want to tell the child to stop.
Invent or borrow from the language of the deaf-and-dumb basic gestures, such as “more”, “enough”, “eat”, “sleep”, “dress”, “walk”. There is no definite age to start “learning,” but experts say that it should be done no earlier than 6 months.
Thanks to sign language, you can teach a child to understand you without further ado, and to understand the needs of your baby yourself.
About half of all our elements of body language are inborn, the rest we take from those around us. Therefore, children understand the language of pantomime just as adults. Closed posture, when you sit, stand stooping, or your arms are crossed on your chest, – it repels.
So when you read a book, collect cubes, play ball with your child, take open poses. This will show your interest and your respectful attitude to what your child likes.
After the birth of a child is completely dependent on adults. Growing up, the behavior of different children acquires individual traits: some cling to mom, others prefer to independently master the “living space”.
The distance between you and your child sends an important message. When you see that the child is fascinated by something, move away from him a few steps back. This indirectly expressed message will show that you trust your baby.
But if you see that the child is going to do something dangerous, reduce the distance between you and the baby. Children always react to the appearance of their parents, it brings them to their senses.
One way to express your love for a child is to touch. However, research scientists say that parents touch their child only when necessary: dress them, wash them, put them to bed. Body contacts should not be limited to hygienic procedures and the feeding process.
Touching plays a very large role in children’s knowledge of the world. Recently, studies have been conducted that have shown that those babies who are more likely to be held in their arms are kissed, hugged, and developed much faster than those who are often alone.
Connect with your child through touch. Let the soft touch to the shoulder express your approval, hugs and kisses – love, affection.
But do not forget that body contact should not end with age. As you grow up, the child needs your touch as much as in the first months of life.