As a parent we play so many roles, usually juggling them all at once! But how can we get the balance right?
We are the Nurturer.
We want to make everything ok for our children, to make it easier and safer. It's hard to stop that natural instinct to 'do it' or 'fix it' for our children, but by doing this, we sometimes might deprive fabulously curious and inquisitive minds that are still so open. It's a tough call.
We are the Organiser.
We all know what's it's like. Whether it be through a high tech Joggler, Post It notes or a good old fashioned calendar ... we need to plan and schedule. Life is busy with day to day demands. The problem is that sometimes it's not easy to find time to spend 1:1 time with your little one.
We are the Teacher.
At Talking Tots we truly believe that you are your child's best teacher. We have much to share with our children and lots to tell them. It's so exciting... but it's also important to remember to give your child time to respond. The power of the pause - allow your child time to respond.
These are just a few of our roles (not mentioning cook, cleaner, nurse ... we could go on).
Our point here:
. where possible and practical, allow your child to sometimes take the initiative and follow their lead
. do give a 'voice over' for your child and comment throughout the day - but do allow time for a response of any kind
. do reward any attempts at communication
. enjoy your time together
You really can make the difference!