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Language development starts with sounds and gestures, then words and sentences. You can support language development by talking a lot with your child and responding when they communicate (source: raisingchildren.net.au). It’s perfectly normal for a child to develop sooner or later than expected, and you can always talk to a child health professional if you’re concerned about a language delay. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

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Early conversations set the stage for good relationships. Talk or sign early and often with your child, even when they can’t talk back. Listen, respond and follow their lead, encouraging them to guide where the conversation goes. This is called “Serve & Return” — a series of back-and-forth interactions that are important to building language and socialization skills. When your child is just a baby, these “conversations” can include mimicking each other’s facial expressions and noises. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

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Help your child to appreciate and value difference, while promoting justice and fairness. Use story time to introduce them to characters of different racial, cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Introducing your child to diversity from an early age can help reduce biases and promote an understanding of their own identity, acceptance of others, and a genuine interest in the world around them. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

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Healthy touch is an essential part of healthy child development. From birth, physical contact between caregiver and child promotes brain development, creates attachment, and helps children feel more secure and connected to you. Learn more @feelingsfirst.ca.

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You can help a child feel safe by building predictable daily routines including meals, sleep and play times. It’s okay to be flexible — just follow their natural rhythms and change things up as they develop. When kids know what to expect, they feel more grounded and secure, which can help them counteract stress from things beyond their control. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

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Children need to feel confident about who they are, what they are interested in, and can miss out on important experiences when their play is limited by gender expectations. Talk with your child about gender equality from an early age, model positive attitudes and acceptance of gender differences, encourage respect and accept how they wish to identify. Gender is fluid in the early years, but gender stereotypes can last a lifetime. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

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