Helping Your Child with their Communication Skills*


*This is a collaborative post*



Communication skills are crucial to your child’s development because they allow them to build and maintain their relationships, both in a personal and professional sense, and become more confident expressing their feelings and opinions. “Good communication skills” are often listed as a desirable requirement for many employers, so helping your child while they’re young will certainly benefit them as they grow up and embark on a career. There’s no time like the present to start helping your child develop their communication skills, so here are some tips from an English language consultancy.


Talk to Your Child


Children learn much of their behaviour by observing influential people around them, most notably their parents. With that said, the best way to help your child with their communication skills is to show them the ropes. Talk to them and ask them questions so that they can learn new vocabulary. Set a good example and demonstrate good manners when socialising with others. Help them understand how body language and facial expressions are used to show how you’re feeling.


Teach Conversation Starters


Opening up dialogue with people is often the most challenging aspect of a conversation. With this in mind, you may want to teach your child some conversation starters so that they feel more comfortable meeting new people. Explain to them that asking questions is a good idea, as long as these questions aren’t too personal. For instance, they could say something like “How was your weekend/evening? Did you get up to much?”. Compliments also work well, so they could say something like “I really like your shoes, where did you get them from?” or “You look very smart today”.


Host Play Dates


Your child may feel more comfortable being themselves and playing with other children within the safety of their own home. Sometimes at school, on the playground, it can feel a bit overwhelming because there are a lot of people and lots going on. Host play dates so that your child has an opportunity to build strong relationships with their peers on a one-to-one level. You may also want to encourage your child to join some extra-curricular activities so they have an opportunity to communicate with people in a more relaxed setting than a classroom environment.



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