Sometimes it can be tough getting your child to greet a family members, an elder, a friend or a teacher. There are many other ways to say hello, ways that could be less awkward for your child or a fun way that is respectful while not getting out of your child’s comfort zone.
Some might think – isn’t saying hello a given?
Each of us are different, some less verbal than others, some more physical than others and we all have our preferences. Even adults have their ways of saying hello – a grunt sometimes is sufficient though bordering on impoliteness.
Eye contact is a must accompanied by a good posture and a pleasant demeanour. Apart from that, a greeting by a child can be expressed aside from an enforced hug.
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Here are 5 alternative ways to say hello.
Alternative Ways to Say Hello
1. Casual Hello: A Fist Bump, Elbow Bump or a Quick Wave
In this COVID era, perhaps contactless greetings are a lot safer.
Ask your child to choose a preferred action – whether it’s a fist bump, elbow bump or quick wave. These are safer and friendly options for a hello. They are also fun, easy for little ones who might be feeling awkward and uncomfortable.
2. Formal Hello: Salute & Curtsy
If a formal greeting is preferred especially towards seniors, children can salute or curtsy.
These alternative ways to greet others will be very welcome since they are deemed respectful. Children can do a little pretend – as soldiers, musicians or ballerinas as they greet others.
3. Use Sign Language
To say hello in American Sign Language, simply place your dominant hand on your forehead close to your ear and move it away from your body. Sounds a little like a salute, doesn’t it?
4. Handmade sign
If you have a child who loves writing or doodling, how about getting him or her to handmake a sign which says “hello” or draw a hand resembling a wave. Bring it along whenever there is a need to greet someone.
5. Make it up
Instead of conventional ways of saying hello, get your child to think of a unique way. That’s your child’s special way of greeting others and it would be a memorable one. Perhaps a different language, a specific gesture or a movement – do it with a big smile!