It has been a while since I had time to write a blog. My little girl is taking up all my spare time these days. At six months she suddenly became even more demanding as she started to indicate through babbles, sounds and eye contact, what she wants, how she wants to be held and which direction she wants to go. As a parent, my role is to respond so to encourage further communications. She is excitedly exploring the world through her ability to communicate her needs to her mother. While her movements are still restricted due to her inability to crawl yet, she is actively showing us how motivated she is to get somewhere and to obtain her prized gadgets such as the mobile phone, keyboards and remote controls.
Being responsive to a child’s early communications is key to her language development and understanding of social interaction. Ignoring a babies’ cry or sounds will send a discouraging message to her. So what can we learn from babies? In truth, nothing. I say this because being responsive is reflective of our everyday communications with each other. The only thing I might add is that sadly, we grow up and sometimes forget about the element of turn taking and two way communications, and many times, we find that we no longer respond to messages, and emails and someone sharing about their life or part of the day. Instead, we queue our responses, or when we are physically present, we may be preoccupied with other things: we are not there for people.
Being there, I think, is the essence of communication: being there for your baby, your child, your husband, your colleague, your friend, your acquaintances and your neighbour.