As you go about creating a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with your preschooler, finding ways to communicate effectively is the goal. Unfortunately, not everybody is an instant expert at communication, even with those we love the most. If you are looking for ways to build a solid relationship with your pre-school aged child, it is wise to begin with statements like these that will nurture your relationship.

1. "You are great."

You might not realize it, but "love" is still an abstract concept to a child. By making other positive statements like, "you are great" or "you are so funny," your child begins to connect these positive attributes to love.

2. "You are a fast learner."

Children want to learn, and this is an important interest that they need to hold on to. Support this natural inclination to learn by reinforcing the notion. Telling a child that he or she learns quickly gives them positive reinforcement they need to build a deep love of learning that will help him or her in the future.

3. "Thank you."

If you are already teaching your child manners, he or she likely hears phrases like "please" and "thank you" pretty often. Using these words with your child reinforces a relationship of courtesy and respect, helping him or her build their own social skills in the process.

4. "Tell me about it."

When your child draws a picture, writes a story, or shares an emotion, ask him or her to tell you about it. This is an open-ended question that invites your little one to reveal more information. Encourage your child to share thoughts and feelings with you, listening intently to show just how much you care.

5. "Tell me what you think."

Asking for your child's interpretation of a series of events or even asking what he or she wants to do for the day can encourage decision making and creativity skills. You can also express your feelings and opinions, encouraging an open dialogue with even the youngest children.

Encouraging discussion with your child in all forms is a great way to teach your preschooler how to develop important social skills. When he or she goes to school understanding how to get along with others in a positive and productive way, your child has a better time at school. This encourages your little one to become better at building friendships and healthy relationships. For more tips and helpful interactions, work with your child's preschool to help foster stable, positive communication. Visit websites like for more information.