Our children are a reflection of what we teach them, and one of the most important children should develop from their young age is communication. It is important to teach children how to express emotions in a positive way for their psychological well-being. Research conducted with top-rated schools in Coimbatore has figured out some basic skills to impart to children.
Let’s have a look at Healthy ways of Communicating with Children
Eye to Eye:
As they say eyes are the windows to the soul so when you are talking with your child, try to keep your eyes on them, this will make them feel heard. More gentle gestures like nodding your head, giving them small responses while they are talking will make them feel that you care for about what they are saying. Be more inquisitive. If you have a toddler or a child under the age of ten, try to maintain the same eye level with them. Sometimes kids can find fully grown adults intimidating because of their height. Make them understand that you are not here to control or punish them but rather to be one of their friends. Child-friendly schools in Coimbatore have made considerable progress with their students.
Acknowledgement brings warmth and comfort to the relationship by creating a sense of security. In this fast-paced world children gets anxious very quickly. On top of that, ignoring them or degrading them will be psychologically harmful that should be avoided at any cost. They lack the skills that adults have to help them relax because of their age. Make that tool available to them. Don’t assume that whatever they are feeling or expressing to you is just a symptom of their moodiness. Nurture the tree of empathy in them from their early years so they can extend an olive branch to others or themselves when it’s necessary.
Often as parents, we tend to boss over our children. We wonder why they are wearing shoes in the house when we have clearly stated that should not be worn in the house or why they are being loud and running about in the restaurant when we have told them not to. We forgot that in the distant past we too had disobeyed our parents from time to time. Children have their own perceptions and logic of doing things. We must calmly explain to them why it is wrong to do certain things.
Know the ‘No’:
Parents often say ‘NO’ word with a lot of aggression and harshness. Children do not understand that adults are saying this for their well-being. Saying No should always be accompanied by an explanation of why they are saying ‘NO’ so they will understand the reason behind it. Chettinad Vidya Mandir, which is one of the 20 CBSE schools in Coimbatore has taken an empathetic way to saying NO to the primary students. It has even encouraged the parents of the students to do the same. A constructive NO rather than unpleasant one has elicited a more favourable response from children.