It’s not strange that many children find it hard to look someone in the eyes, regardless if it’s family, a friend or a complete stranger. Developing this social skill is a part of their emotional development as they go from a possessive toddler to a more perspective taking preschooler. Needless to say, it is something they need to practice on. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Talks” will help your toddler practice making eye contact by helping them see things from different perspectives.
Exercise: Start by talking about how important it is to make eye-contact with the person you are talking to. Show by looking away when you are talking to your child.
Ask: How did it feel when I looked away even though l was talking to you?
- How would you react if someone did that to you?
- When do you feel that you have to look away?
- How does it feel to look a person in the eyes?
- What do people think when someone looks away? The person might be perceived as dishonest or as if they’re hiding something.
- Can you look somewhere else and still be perceived as a reliable person? (Ex. forehead or nose)
Purpose: To practice non-verbal communication, social competences and social awareness
Want to experience more? Body-language is another integral part of our non-verbal communication. Go back to this exercise and practice how your body language may affect what people think of you.