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Does your child have problems expressing himself properly? You can help him by being his role model and showing him how to communicate effectively.
Six-year-old Aanya wants to share an incident with her parents that happened in school earlier that day. Spotting her mother in the drawing room, she sits next to her, and in a low tone says, "Maa..everyone laughed as I recited my poem today". Her mother Sangeetha, who's busy typing out a mail, responds without looking at her. "It will be fine, Aanya," she says. After a while, Sangeetha looks away from her laptop and asks Aanya, "Do you want anything to eat? Wait, I will get you something". She gets up and walks out of the room into the kitchen.
Aanya is sad as she really wanted to talk about what happened at school to her mom. While Sangeetha heard her daughter, she didn't pay attention to what she said and Aanya felt that what she felt was not important to her mother.
As parents, we must remember that we are our children's biggest role models. They learn by observing us and imitate what we do and say. So, how we communicate with others and our children teaches them how to get their thoughts and opinions across effectively.
According to a research, 'The role of communication in the parent-child interaction' by Patricia Luciana et al, published in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Science by Elsevier (2012), 'communication is done in three levels - verbal, non-verbal and logical. If these levels have no contradictions, then the communication is considered effective'. Effective communication is about maintaining a balanced approach in listening, interpreting and responding when having a conversation with someone.
Following are some of the parameters of having an effective communication with your child
Effective communication is key to forming strong personal and professional relationships. By being a role model and helping your child communicate properly, you will teach her a few life skills that will come in handy for the rest of her life.
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