I spent a lot of the day talking about how we talk to children and nurturing in general.
verb (used with object), nur·tured, nur·tur·ing.
- to feed and protect: to nurture one’s offspring.
- to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
- to bring up; train; educate.
- rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
- development: the nurture of young artists.
- something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
A lot of nurturing requires dialogue although in the early days and years of child nurturing (and beyond) it is largely with the unspoken dialogue: of touch and body language and more about what you do as opposed to what you say.