Help your child talk: Don’t anticipate your child’s needs

What?  Don’t anticipate my child’s needs?

You are a great parent and do a fantastic job of meeting your child’s needs.  That begs the question, “do you anticipate your child’s needs too often?”  If you do, you may limit the chances your child has to tell you, in words or gestures, what he needs.

If your child always gets what he needs, he won’t have any reason to express his desires.  He can just sit there and get a drink.  Why would he point to his cup  or say “water”?

To help your young child use his words more, don’t anticipate his needs.  Forget to give him a spoon, don’t open the bubbles, or give him an empty cup.  Wait and see how much your child wants to say.  He’ll tell you what he wants.

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