Back-and-forth moments with you, shape a child’s growing mind. These positive and supportive experiences with you help their brain grow strong and flexible.

When your child seems fussy, try singing a rhyme or a song. Do they calm down when your voice is quiet, or do they respond to big facial expressions and an enthusiastic voice? Try different rhymes and songs to find their favorites.

When you respond to your child’s movements and sounds, you build a trusting relationship that supports future learning. You also teach them ways to deal with stress while building a love of language. Communication through social play such as eye contact, imitating facial expressions, and a soothing voice help demonstrate positive interactions and builds relationships.