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Connecting and communicating: 18-35 months
Connecting and communicating: 18-35 months
This video shows how communicating with toddlers helps them develop and learn language. Lots of talk is good for bonding with your child too.
Connecting and communicating: 7-17 months
Connecting and communicating: 7-17 months
This video shows how communicating with babies helps them learn language. And listening and responding to your baby is also good for bonding together.
Different cultures: connecting and communicating
Different cultures: connecting and communicating
In this video, mums from diverse cultural backgrounds talk about how they connect with their children and encourage them to learn and develop.
Social development
Social development
You can help your child develop social skills by making lots of opportunities for socialising with other children and adults. Watch this video for ideas.
Special moments with children
Special moments with children
‘They all want to feel loved’, says a mum in this video. Hear parents describe how special moments with children increase feelings of safety and security.
Special moments with children: for dads
Special moments with children: for dads
This video features men talking about dads’ special moments with children, including using bath time, playtime and story time for bonding with children.
Connecting with your toddler
Connecting with your toddler
Toddlers want to communicate but are easily frustrated. They want independence but fear separation. Understanding toddlers helps you connect with them.
Praise, encouragement and rewards
Praise, encouragement and rewards
Praise helps children feel good about themselves, which boosts self-esteem and confidence. Praise can also encourage good behaviour in children. Read more.
Good family relationships: how to build them
Good family relationships: how to build them
Good family relationships help your children feel secure and loved. Here’s how to build relationships with quality time, communication, teamwork and more.
Positive attention and your child
Positive attention and your child
Positive attention is responding to your child with warmth and interest. It helps your child feel secure and valued. Find out how positive attention works.
Building good parent-child relationships
Building good parent-child relationships
Positive parent-child relationships are important for all areas of children’s development. Read ideas for strengthening your relationship with your child.
What’s in a smile?
What’s in a smile?
Did you know that a simple smile from you can boost your baby’s brain development? Read more about why smiling is good for baby and child development.