Talk about feelings

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If you're looking for things to chat about while you're with your baby, feelings can be a good choice. When you're together, watch your baby and see if you can tell what they're feeling. This can take a bit of practice.

If you're looking for things to chat about while you're with your baby, feelings can be a good choice. When you're together, watch your baby and see if you can tell what they're feeling. This can take a bit of practice.

Ask yourself: Do they look happy? Sad? Bored? Excited? Tired?

Looking at their facial expressions, movements and noises will give you some clues, particularly if your little one isn’t talking yet.

When you think you can guess, you can chat about these feelings. For example: “You're excited we're going to the park” or “Perhaps you're upset because you're tired.”

You can use this time to talk about your feelings too. This shows your child that everybody has feelings. As they grow up, being able to notice how others are feeling is an important skill to build relationships.

All this lets your child know that it's okay to feel good and bad emotions and talk about them openly. They'll be able to understand people better and express themselves.

It’s good to show that you accept their feelings – you’re not trying to change them.

Good to know

By understanding feelings, children can learn to say what they need and become confident communicators.