We all learn from positive interactions and like to get encouragement. Infants and toddlers need to be noticed, recognized, and encouraged, too. Here are some sample phrases you can use to celebrate and encourage an infant or toddler:
- I am so glad to see you. How are you today?
- Tasha, you are working so hard (to reach your toes, to pull up your pants, to do that puzzle, etc.)
- Jamal, you read that entire book. That took a lot of concentration!
- Adrienne, look at Jackie’s face. I can tell she is so excited to play with you.
- I bet you feel so proud!
- Thank you for helping me.
- You put your own plate in the dish bin. That is really helpful!
- You figured it out!
- You can do hard things.
- You lifted that big basket. Your body is very strong.
- That was kind of you to share the book.
- Let me write down your words, so we remember this.
- Let’s take a picture of this for your mom and dad.
- I notice you seem frustrated; can you tell me what happened?
- Can you tell me about your drawing?
In the space below, record some of the phrases you use to encourage the infants and toddlers you work with: