Parents aren’t always the best at communicating, but by teaching our kids effective communication tips parents can also become better communicators. It doesn’t come easy for everyone and there are moments when we all fall behind in that department due to life events and random occurrences. It is essential that we teach are kids to become effective communicators with friends, at school and with adults. Strong communication skills can lead to a stronger sense of confidence and a belief in one’s abilities.
For various reasons, sometimes children become isolated, doubt themselves or just shut down. Give them the strongest communication tools to start out with and teach them some important skills so they will be more effective in everything they do.
Working as a Team
When children work as a team, they become team players and team players are usually strong and confident communicators. Working in a team and practicing communicating with others is an important part of child development. Being isolated and working alone is not. If you find your child tends to isolate themselves around other children, help them practice with one or two friends at home first. Invite two friends over from school so they can play and interact with each other. This can greatly improve a child’s social skills and communication overall.
Direct Eye Contact
Teach your child to look you in the eye when speaking with you and to do this with teachers, adults and their friends. When people speak directly to someone and look them in the eye it shows sincerity. Sometimes it may appear as though you don’t believe in your own words or that you are untrustworthy. The sooner they grasp this at a younger age, the better off they will be down the road in relationships, interviews and so forth.
Telling the Truth and Being Honest with Others
An important communication tool is to speak the truth. When kids speak the truth in what happens in their everyday lives, people actively listen and value what they say. If people speak with cloudy answers, look to the floor and tell stories that seem untrue, they are not listened to for long. Teach your child that speaking honestly at all times will allow them to form solid relationships and enjoy more opportunities in life.
Talking Openly About Problems
Teach your child to speak openly whenever they have something that is bothering them. Let them know they can always come to you and that you love them unconditionally. The more children speak open and honestly at home, the more they are able to communicate effectively in other situations and relationships.
Manners Go a Long Way
Saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ may be considered good manners, but they are also effective communication tools. When children have these manners and use them on a regular basis, they are respected more and they are also telling the world that they know how to respond to and treat people accordingly in social situations.