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Effective Communication with Children - Learning the Basics

By Andrew Loh

Communication is an important process in everyone's life. Without communication, humans will cease to exist. Efficient communication is also mandatory to express one's mind to the other. In fact, communication occurs among a group of people. Alternatively, it also occurs between two persons. Shared and meaningful communication is a daily necessity for everyone including children. Communication is an important part of any relationship, especially when you are dealing with your children. Proper communication is an important aspect of life that can either make or break relationships between two individuals.

Communication occurs in many forms; it could be verbal or it could be even be non-verbal. Verbal communication is direct, while non-verbal communication is indirect. Verbal communication could be very powerful and long-lasting. Similarly, non-verbal communication could also be potentially very powerful. Non-verbal communication may include emotional expressions, affectionate glances, facial actions, body dynamics, utter silence or even meaningless blabber.

Communication in children is quite different. Conversing with young children is entirely different from talking to elder children. Young children's understanding of language and conversation is remarkably different from those of older children. Effective communication skills are more than just knowing how to open one's mouth and start talking. Children are weak and disadvantaged, when it comes to learning ways to interact with other people, like speaking or writing, or even when using modern methods of communication like email. In fact, children should master the art of efficient communication, both oral and non-verbal.

Some children feel awkward or shy, when speaking in public, because of an air of uncertainty in expressing their feelings. This perceived uncertainty could arise, because most of the young children will not develop the art of oral communication at an early age. Young children learn the art of communication gradually over the years, as they develop the basic skills of language, dialect, diction and vocabulary. In fact, effective verbal communication is the art of conveying opinions and expressions in a clear, lucid and comprehensible manner. On the other hand, non-verbal communication may not need the level of sophistication that you need, when you use oral communication.

Success in life depends on how well we speak and let others know about our minds. A person who communicates in an effective manner, will have an edge or advantage to succeed in life better than others will. Therefore, there is an urgent need for parents to teach their children how to communicate in an easy and effective manner that will eventually lead them to personal and professional success.

Long back, the great scientist Isaac Newton proposed the great third law of motion that aptly applies to the art of communication. Communication is a dual process, where two persons interact with each other to let the other know about personal expressions and opinions. However, what you speak and utter, will have a great effect on your personal relationship with others. If children speak something positive and encouraging to others, they will get something positive in return. It means that we get back what we utter or speak; bad words, improper speaking and rude talk will bounce back on us. Children should never face such an ordeal, as they will find leading their future life very difficult, if they do not learn how to communicate in an effective manner.

Efficient and proper communication could bring many benefits to your children. Some of these advantages are:

  • Enhanced personal relationship with others

  • Better speaking abilities and skills

  • Effective conveyance of personal expressions and ideas

  • Develop personality and improve self-image

Children should learn and understand what communication is and how it helps them in their life. Most children learn to communicate by imitating how others speak and interact. Children always observe how their parents, brothers and sisters speak and communicate. In fact, some children even talk to their toys in their own illegible ways. In many cases, the art of communication comes naturally to your children by the process of repetition.

The way and manner in which you teach the art of communication will have far-reaching consequences, those could be either beneficial or harmful. Obviously, parents want their children to be the most pleasing and affable personalities in their life. Better and effective communication will make your children sweet mannered, affable, cultured and dynamic. Good communication skills act as a strong foundation for personal and professional success. Continue to read Effective Communication with Children - Techniques and Tips


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