Communication with children is essential. We have seven principles to make it easier for you

Communication with children is essential. We have seven principles to make it easier for you

Every interaction you have with your child is a form of communication. It's not just about the words you say. The tone of your voice and hugs and touches are also important. How you communicate with your child teaches them how to interact with others and shapes their emotional development. We bring you seven principles of effective communication that can help you.

Establish a Connection

Before you start talking and giving instructions to the child, get closer to them and make eye contact. It will help you get 100% of the child's attention. More immediate contact also shows the child that you are interested in what they say.

Use Appropriate Language and Simple Instructions

Remember to use simple language that is appropriate for the child's age. Choose words that are easy for them to understand. Avoid complex words, long sentences, or technical terms. Your time when children are willing to pay attention to you is limited. Children are likelier to remember simpler and shorter sentences than unnecessarily long and complicated ones. Therefore, break down complex sentences into smaller, manageable steps, and make sure the child understands what you expect from them.

Focus on Positives

Children are much more motivated to cooperate when you interact and speak with them positively. It means avoiding punishments or criticism. Instead of saying, "Don't run, you might fall!" say, "Walk beside me and take it slowly." Instead of scolding, praise and motivate the child for their actions. Acknowledge and appreciate their efforts and encourage them to continue improving.

Be Patient and Polite

Children may need more time to process information and formulate responses. Therefore, give them enough time to express themselves. Be polite and let them know that you understand them. Use expressions like "I see you're upset. Tell me why, and we'll solve it together."

Express Your Support

Pay full attention to what the child is saying. Maintain eye contact, nod your head, give verbal and non-verbal signals that you are listening, and encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings. If you show interest in the child's feelings, they will also pay attention to you. They will want to share their experiences and feelings with you, building mutual trust.

Focus on Behavior

If you are angry with your child for something, make sure your criticism is directed at their behaviour and not at them as a person. For example, instead of saying, "I don't like that you're messy," say, "I don't like it when you leave your clothes on the floor."

Watch Your Tone of Voice

Your voice should not convey superiority, irony, or anger. There are situations where people naturally raise their voices to express their anger. However, when you raise your voice, you create tension and a stressful situation. It can lead to unproductive communication and damage relationships. Children are sensitive to the tone of speech. Therefore, your words will have the best impact when spoken in an appropriate tone of voice.

In addition to these principles, it is essential to consider the child's age, developmental stage, and individual needs when communicating with them.


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