Positive communication experiences between children and from child to adult are critical for developing strong emotional health and resilience. If your child is struggling to express themselves or withdrawing from other kids, they may be failing to communicate effectively. Building better communication skills will help your child develop empathy and learn to make deep, lasting friendships.
It Will Last a Lifetime
Learning to communicate in a friendly manner is a skill that will serve your child throughout their professional and personal lives. This includes the ability to speak and the ability to listen. If they know that a peer is struggling, they can either offer to listen or connect with a caring adult. Learning to read body language and facial expressions is critical to strong communication skills and may help your child step back from a volatile situation.
It Keeps Them Safe
Poor communication can lead to situations that escalate quickly from arguing to violence. Depending on the early experiences and home life of others in the space around your child, violence may actually be considered a method of communication. Help your child understand body language, tone of voice and facial expressions so that they can build healthy friendships and valuable connections. The ability to help another human being get control of their emotions is a tool that can protect your child throughout their lives. In fact, most kinds of assault can be prevented or resolved with effective communication strategies.
Today’s children must navigate a variety of communication methods, from face-to-face to email and social media. From an early age, it’s a good idea to promote good electronic etiquette, sometimes called “netiquette.” For example, virtual communication can easily lead to misunderstandings that can quickly escalate into online shouting matches. If your child is struggling with electronic communications, help them to learn to back down, turn off the screen or step away from conversations that are upsetting. Online bullying is a serious problem, and if your child is dealing with someone who’s abusive, it may be time to limit their exposure to social media accounts that provide a shield for bullies.
Poor communication among adults has often been the source of terrible events in human history. Raising a generation of children with strong communication skills and the ability to empathize with other children both in their physical community and online may be one of the best investments we can make in the future.
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