How to Connect with Children

Photo: User Tetsumo on flickr.

Photo: User Tetsumo on flickr.

  • Learn their likes and dislikes
  • Take good care of them, they will learn to trust you
  • Pay attention to them and interact
    • Smile and use kind and caring language
    • Talk about books, about things you see, about what you are doing during the ordinary tasks you are completing throughout the day
    • Play games, with toys, inside or outside, toddlers and kids love playtime! 

How to Talk to Children 

  • Recommended Reading: How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk by Faber and Mazlish
    • Help children find their own solutions
    • Don’t try to argue
    • Listen
    • Repeat children’s concerns
    • Help label their emotions/feelings
  • Positivity is key, use exaggerated excitement when needed and keep a positive outlook and attitude