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Motivation: A key ingredient to building CALM connection.

Motivation is an interesting thing. The older I get the more critical it appears to me. I might know something but until I am motivated by it I don’t tend to overly engage in it. Motivation drives everything we do. I am motivated to create Small Connections so that I can share actionable information to parents when they need it! In bite size chunks. Information overwhelm is also real. I am motivated by the fact that I believe parents are very capable at knowing what they need and what they will find helpful. We can trust we know what is right for our children and our family. Especially when we pause and connect.

At the moment I am even more motivated to get going and create Small Connections for families looking for information to support their understanding of how their child is talking and learning language. Over the last few weeks I have been ‘living the dream’ of assessment and diagnosis with one of my kids. I get it. I have worked in the medical model. I know the value and importance of it. BUT after four sessions I am yet to get anything useful and of value to actually help our family move forward. Now this is okay for me as I am one of those people who keeps looking for the right support and as such I am completely all over what actions will propel us forward into a better space. However, what about those people where this may not be as straight forward. So I am motivated to stop second guessing myself and actually create a business that can serve families who are looking for information about early child language. Families where their child may have had middle ear infections, families where their child is not saying as much as others their age, families where things are just a little different to the siblings or families where their child is so super cute but they cannot understand a word. These families I can help.

Motivation is critical for our kids as well. When we follow what they are motivated by we can have conversations about things that matter to them. From this place we build talking and language.

I had a great conversation with my little neighbor about leaches. He found one on my driveway. I am not sure if it was a leach actually or just a poor worm but there was a lot to talk about. I told him he could keep it as well.

Have a think about what motivates your child to talk. What gets them engaged? Then talk about that. Describe the things you see, feel and hear.

Over the next few weeks we will continue to explore the four key ingredients to CALM connection with your child to support their early language development.

If you are having any niggly feelings and want to connect with me, my goal is to be your Speechie Friend.

I support families to build language foundations one step at a time. If we can improve their language and their connection with others we can improve their world.

If you are keen to go on the waiting list for my next Program for Parents, a two week, online program to build your confidence and provide  tools to support your young child’s talking, speech and language development. Pop your name on the waiting list here.

 

The power of being face to face…..

One very powerful way to engage and connect with your child is to get to their eye level and be face to face with them. This helps them to connect to you, to know that you are talking to them, it helps them understand and to listen to you.

Recently my crazy dog ate a macadamia nut and needed surgery to remove it. She then had to stay quiet in a cage for about 2 days to allow it to heal. I had taken her out to go to the toilet and then when it was time to go back in she refused to come to her name. I found myself kneeling down to be eye level with her and then calling her name. She came to me immediately. Connection to someone or in my case my dog in this instance allows easier communication and conversation.

By getting down to your child’s level and being face to face it lets them know you are listening, you are there and you care.

Give it a go……crouch down to their level or lift them up to yours.

If you are looking for peace of mind and keen to learn powerful, everyday tips and tricks to support your child’s talking then pop your name down here and you will be first to know.