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  • Radhika Garg

How to make your child an Effective Communicator?

Starting young is important for your child when it is about making them an effective communicator. Being able to communicate well helps your child increase understanding and intelligence levels.

Here are the best six ways to help your child be an effective communicator in the initial years of their language development.

  • Describe the day.

Develop a communication routine with your child where they narrate the events of their day to you. Try asking, ‘What was the best about school today?’ Listen attentively to what they have to tell you, it builds up their confidence about their communication with the outer world.

  • Listening is Important’

Tell them about your day as well so that they feel they’re an equally important part of the communication as a listener. Say, ‘I had a new progress at work today.’ The more a child learns to listen attentively, the more vocabulary and communication style he grasps.

  • · Read with your child.

Make time for reading with your child. Read out a story to them at bedtime. Ask them to read you one from the new school book. Get books that really interest your child. They will soon start to look forward to this fun activity and will start to communicate about it.

  • · Make ‘opening up’ comfortable.

Your child is going to talk and share with you when they know that you won’t judge them and when they feel comfortable opening up in front of you. Talk about your life, work and friends to ease them. Randomly ask them about their problems and wishes. Once they start to talk to you about themselves, they are going to talk a lot and the urge to convey the emotions will improve their communication skills immensely.

  • · Start fun conversations.

Understand your child’s level of ease and start to have talks on topics that you think your child would love to talk about. Talk about games, their passions, their friends and their dreams. If you want to get your child doing something, you have to make it fun for them. Learning is best when your child wants to learn on their own.

  • · They do what they see.

Be the model for your child. Instead of telling them basic things, include those in your own mannerisms and look how easily your child picks up the clues. Practice the skills of an effective communicator. Speak clearly, never interrupt the other person, refrain from speaking quickly or loudly, respect what the other has to say and be a patient listener.

The quality of being an effective communicator can be built and polished with practice. Start young with them, your child’s communication proficiency will grow by watching, mimicking and listening to you. Responsive families and teachers are critical for healthy stimulation of a kid’s communication skills during the early childhood years. It is important that you and your child’s teacher have a positive impact on their life and are determined to make them learn in the best possible ways. Invest this effort in your child and you’ll be equipping them to build a successful future.

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