Focus on your child's relationships and conversation skills.
"I think if I were telling a parent what they can do that would really, really change everything. I would say to focus on conversation. Let your child talk, let your child listen, cultivate dialogue," Christakis says. She goes on to explain that there is a ton of supporting research that strong oral language and conversation skills are very beneficial for learning and building relationships (which also circles back to creating open-ended questions to encourage meaningful discussion).