5. Model Communication & Behavior. All in all, I think the most important thing is talking to your child. Your child observes you day and and out. Everything you do, say and how you react. Heck, even the facial expressions you make! You set the example that they will follow. Modeling communication will help improve your child’s communication. Even if you’re just in the car. Instead of turning on the radio right away. Tell your child where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing. Same goes if you’re doing things around the house. Explain to your child what you’re doing and why, you’ll be surprised with how quickly they’ll learn and pick up on what you’re saying.
Behavior- A few weeks ago I started putting more focus on having AG clean up her toys each day. I organized all of her toys. Put her puzzles into plastic bags and gave everything a place. After she was done playing with particular toys, I would ask her to clean up (while singing the clean up song of course!) Recently she started telling me no. Instead of giving my 23 month old a lecture about how you don’t tell mommy no, I changed up my approach. I did tell her, that is not nice to say to mommy. Then, I asked her to help me clean up the toys. After I modeled the behavior I expected by picking up ONE toy, she followed and did the rest.