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Top Tips on How to Help Our Children Develop Great Communication Skills

Here we present some proven ways that will allow our children to become better communicators and have a healthier self-esteem.

Hi! Glad you are here. We know that as parents we want to do our best to help our children reach their full potential. So much of this potential depends on how well they communicate.

All their friendships, personal and professional relationships will happen because of how well they will communicate with people.

What we say, and sometime what we don’t say matters.

Also how we say it matters, but most importantly is having the cognitive skills to correctly build healthy communication channels between us and the rest of the world.

Here we present some proven ways that will allow our children to become better communicators and have a healthier self-esteem.

Talk to your child

Although we know that you do, there is always room for more productive conversations. For example, talk in the car to and from school. Make a point to eat all together and talk over lunch or dinner. Talk about fun things and not boring things. Avoid simple routine questions like ‘ how was your day’ and ask more caring engaging questions like ‘ what is something wonderful that happened to you today?’

Talk on commercial breaks and play silly little games! Mute the TV and assume the role of the people on the TV by making funny back and forth conversations. The opportunities are endless! Enjoy!

‘Word of the Day’ Game

There may be some already made games for this, but you can make your own. Take a lot of little cards and write a lot of good ‘smart’ words down. Each morning place the ‘Word of the Day’ on the fridge for everyone to see! The challenge is that during your conversations you need to find a way to say that word as part of a sentence a few times! It is fun, it promote creative thinking and everyone gets to enrich their vocabulary!

‘Describe the Day’ Game

Again, this can be a fun game the family plays a few times a week. For this game you can set your own rules which can include:

  • You have to mention 5 different people you spoke to today
  • You have to mention the best and worst part of the day
  • What is something you wish you had a chance to do today but didn’t get to?

Feel free to add your own parameters!

Listen to and reflect what your child says.

Listening to and expanding upon what someone else says is extremely important. Not only you are engaging and validating the child, but you are also going out of your way to really understand them. After your child has told you something, repeat back part of what your child said, and then follow up with a question: “Wow, it sounds like that art project took a lot of patience. What other project do you think would be fun to make? And what do you think we might need to get from the store to make these projects?”

Introduce Basics on Body Language

You can buy a ready-made cards that make ‘Guess what I am feeling’ game fun!

Or you can just do different gestures like roll your eyes or cross your arms, while the other person has to guess the feeling behind it. It is fun! Even adults like this game. Here are some emotions to get you started:

  • Love
  • Anger
  • Shy
  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Curious

Add your own!

‘Daily Question’ Game

Everyone in the family gets together (dinner time is a good time for this) and everyone has at least a question for each other. Make these questions interesting and fun! Talk about movies, alterative endings, ideas for books, ‘what if’ questions etc! You can download the list of questions here:

Read Together

We aren’t just saying this because we make the most amazing books on the planet! Literary every other article you can read about how to develop good communication skills will say the same. Reading is a wonderful method to establish good communication skills. It doesn’t matter what you read with your child. What’s most important is that you do it together. Even if your child chooses the same books every night, she /he is developing a better understanding of the character and plots and vocabulary used. Take turns reading aloud to one another, even if your child just fills a word in here and there. After finishing a book or TV show, discuss the setting, plot, characters and any new words that might be in the story.

Play conversation “catch”

Pick a small ball.

Parent: Throws a ball while asking a question. “Who is your best friend?”

Child: Catches and answers the question. But before throwing the ball back, she must ask another related question. (“Helen, Who is yours?”)

The goal is to eventually have kids to feel comfortable starting and continuing conversations.

We hope we gave some good tips to get your children on the right communication path!

Enjoy the quality time, and we hope this also helps parents too, to rediscover the power of communication that we might have lost in the middle of our hectic routine lives!

 

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