Parent Child Communication

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Good communication is an important parenting skill. Whether you are parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building self-esteem as well a mutual respect. It is extremely important for parents to be able to communicate clearly and efficiently with their children. An open and effective communication line between parents and their children, benefits not only the children, but every member of the family. Relationships between parents and their children are notably improved when there is productive communication taking place. Basically, if communication between parents and their children is satisfying, then their relationships are gratifying as well.

Children discover how to communicate by observing their parents. If their parents communicate openly and effectively, chances are that their children will be able to, too. Children begin to mold ideas and beliefs about themselves founded on how their parents communicate with them. Favorable communication skills will benefit children for their entire lives. When parents communicate effectively with their children, they are demonstrating appreciation and respect. Children then start to feel that they are listened to and understood by their parents, which is a boost to their self-esteem. On the contrary, communication between parents and children that is ineffectual or adverse can direct children to believe that they are insignificant, unheard, or misconstrued. Such children may also come to see their parents as unhelpful and irresponsible.

Everyone knows that children need to be loved and raised in a secure environment for their best possible development; their physical, emotional and psychological needs have to be satisfied. Children need love, care, attention, and guidance in order to become well adapted human beings in our society, but how we can achieve this? How can mothers develop a better relationship with their children? Mothers do not have to have any special training to establish a better parent – child communication; this comes naturally and instinctively to her. Although we need to consider some guidelines in order to fulfill our children needs.

Some people may think that communicating with a baby will be an arduous task. While some people think that communication starts when a child begins to speak. Both aren’t necessarily so. Even though the baby is only an infant, the quality of the baby's communication skills will depend considerably on the mother's conversational & listening skills. It is influential to teach your baby at the beginning, that good communication involves listening attentively and politely, reflecting before vocalizing, and talking with tact and using self control to avoid hurting others. Babies will learn to communicate long before they can talk. A research sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health in my communications text book divulged that babies even from birth apparently become upset when hearing another baby cry. They have also reported seeing children who saw their parents in tears, wipe their own face, even in the absence of tears. So even at birth they are equipped with the ability to communicate by empathizing. Crying is the primary and most primitive form of communication that a baby applies. From there on, a baby’s communication skills will be largely fabricated by how their parents or guardians interact and retort. With time, a baby's communication style will become more developed and will embody other sounds, eye contact & body movement as well. Behaviors as simple as cuddling your baby when they cry, comforting them when they fuss, and smiling when they babble, all let them know that they are understood. ( Mothers can begin to model good communication early by speaking what is called Motherese. In order to do so, it involves speaking in a raised pitch, slow rate, and an exaggerated intonation of vowels and main syllables. A mother’s face...
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