Halime Duzen (migrant advocacy worker, mother of 2): Communication is very important. So, even if we can’t talk we can just look at each other and we can communicate with just looking at each other.
Naime (mother of 2): Normal day: first my baby wakes up, has breakfast, always do together, eat together.
Halime: Talk with them, touch with them, cuddle with them, play with them. They want to connect with you, they want to attach with you.
[Naime talks and plays with son while feeding him]
Halime: Babies are communicating with babbling and giggling, babies are communicating with laughing and facial language.
Naime: Then, I play with my son.
[Naime plays with her son on the floor]
Halime: How are the babies going to learn? It’s up to us again. We can talk with them. We can make a sound. Good eye contact, hug, cuddle, play.
Naime: Normally, 24 hours, I look after my baby. But he’s very good, he’s not crying. I am happy.
Halime: Active listening is very important for them to learn.
Tajma (mother of 2): If we can talk most of the times, when we do something, if we can tell them what we are doing.
Halime: Nod, smile, friendly voice, encourage them to talk. Then summarise what they said so they can hear what they said.
Tajma: We can tell them what they are doing. And if you can talk, most of the times, if we can communicate as much as we can, I think that bond is so strong.
Halime: encourage your child to talk. Don’t interrupt, let them talk. And whatever they say, just repeat so they can hear what they said.
Tajma: When she is struggling with something, I bend to her eye level and try to explain like this…
Halime: Eye contact is very important. Very, very important. Holding, touching, playing – very important.
Tajma: Most of the times I try to look at her eyes, and when we do that one, she will automatically look at our eyes and talk something. Yeah.
Halime: I think lots of repetitions are great. Same books, same songs, if the children want to. Same play activities. It’s a great way of learning.
Tajma: They need to listen something. When they listen, listen, listen, it’s stored in their memory and one day they will sing.