Communication is one of the most important life skills anyone can ever need. To be successful in any sphere of life, you need to communicate clearly and effectively. As a parent who wants the best for their child, it is essential that you start nurturing their communication skills at a young age.
Your child will need to share their feelings, thoughts, and ideas, and for all these, communication is important. As they grow older, they’ll need to share information and win people over with their compelling arguments and they’ll find the communication skills you helped them develop quite useful.
Use the following tips to teach your child how to talk and communicate like an expert.
Do not interrupt them
The aphorism goes that we are given two ears and a single mouth so that we listen twice as much as we speak. Sadly, a good number of people only want to be heard but never want to listen to what the others have to say. When they listen, they are often waiting for their cue to butt in with their own thoughts. They never let them finish up. This is what makes a bad listener and by extension, a poor communicator.
Being a good listener is important in being a good communicator. As a parent you should be a good role model and never interrupt them while they are speaking to you, no matter how slow they are speaking. What that will do is erode their esteem and teach them poor listening skills. Be an active listener.
Talk with them
Talking with your child is the only way they are going to get some practice in communication skills. Pronounce words clearly and fluently while talking with your child. Pay attention to grammar and avoid the use of slang language while communicating with your child. Your child will learn how to be articulate if you are an eloquent speaker yourself.
It is important to have an atmosphere at home in which your kid feels confident to share their feelings and ideas with you. This not only boosts their confidence but also encourages them to talk more often thus improving their communication skills.
Ask questions that lead to long conversations like asking them what they learned in school today. This will make them be descriptive and be more elaborate in their conversations with you.
Reading and storytelling
Reading to your baby and introducing them to language quite early gives them a head start in acquiring language skills. That’s why reading them bedtime stories is essential to their overall learning development.
For grown kids, let them read age-appropriate literature for themselves – storybooks, newspapers, and labels. You can have them read aloud appropriate stories on sites such as Capital Wired. This way, they improve their vocabulary, learn how to pronounce words properly and speak fluently.
Storytelling is an important part of communication. To teach your kids how to be interesting storytellers, narrate to them stories with facial expressions and variations in your tone during your delivery. To put theory into practice, you can have them tell you stories of their own and point out what they did well or missed at the end of it.