As humans we all find ways of communicating body language, spoken language, signs, writing, or via electronic format.
As a new dad I am always trying to understand what my almost 9-month-old daughter is trying communicate. I do remember how in the movie “Meet the Fockers” the baby was taught sign language and he could express things by sending signs. I am not sure if I have the time to teach my daughter Daniela sign language or if at this point it is worth it but I have found that by paying close attention on most occasions I can guess with precision what she needs.
Guessing with a Checklist
It is really a guess because on some occasions the first option I choose those not really solve the problem or help her top crying but that is why I end up following a checklist in my head or with @lucymfel to make sure we don’t miss out on any steps.
Going over the list
On most occasions the list of steps we have stored in our heads can bring a quick result but in others we just have to attempt new things. Like for example the quick diaper check, checking for fever, giving her a meal or drink, making sure she is not sweating because she feels hot, touching to make sure she is not too cold, or giving her a frozen carrot to ease the pain of her gums teething. When we run through he checklist over and over again we eventually get to the result it has never failed us.
Paying Close Attention
A few months ago our friend @parachute did give me some great advice on paying extra attention to Daniela since at the stage she is at she will be learning new things. This has helped out greatly because my daughter is showing early signs of wanting to be independent. If you feed her she wants to feed herself. If you give her a cup she wants to drink from it on her own. If I try to give it to her it only makes her uncomfortable and ready to cry. By observing her we know that we have to give her a little bit of space so she can do things on her own.
By reading our children’s body language and later on listening to them we can learn a lot about there needs, which eventually can make us better parents.
What tips do you have to share on paying close attention and improving communication?