Reasons to Teach Your Baby Sign Language
Learn some of the reasons to teach your baby sign language, some of the benefits you'll see now and later, and some of the times it does come in handy.
Reasons to Celebrate Signs!
At times, you may wonder if all your attempts to teach your child signs will pay off. Well, here are some situations you can look forward to when you’ll appreciate using signs.
1. When your child is so upset they can’t speak
Yesterday, Carmen (18 months) was upset she had to leave her cousins’ house. By the time we got home, she had been reduced to uncontrollable tears. She normally can say the word “more” but at this upsetting time, she could not. Instead, she used her signs to tell me why she was crying. She signed “more” and said “boys”, referring to her precious cousins.
2. When you’re in a public place and your child needs to tell you something private
Carmen is becoming very vocal about her bodily functions. “Poo-poo” and “pee-pee” are important words during this potty training time. However, it would be nice to use more discreet signs when dealing with this subject in public, say with friends from work at a cocktail party!
3. When you’re in a quiet place
It’s hard for little ones to understand the difference between quiet times (during church service, on tours in museums, when you’re on the phone…) and go-ahead-you-can-be-loud times. It will be wonderful to communicate with your child during these quiet times using signs instead of “shhhh!!!”
4. When your child can apply for a job
Now, I’m not speaking of child labour. I’m thinking more long-term! In the future, when our children are competing for jobs, being able to communicate using sign language will be a tremendous advantage.
5. When your child develops better self-esteem
Wanting to communicate with your baby gives them an incredible sense of self-worth. They sense that their most precious provider values their thoughts and feelings. What a wonderful gift! These are just a few examples. Everyday, you’ll discover more reasons to keep signing!