Good communication is important. It can help someone to understand what another person is saying. It also means that they can express their own needs and concerns. When someone is seriously ill, there will be many things that need to be discussed. Some of these discussions may be difficult and emotional.
Communication is perhaps the most important thing in building a tightly knit family. Parents need to be able to communicate clearly with their children, and children need to be able to talk to their parents without any reservations. Without an open channel of communication, family relationships will not reach their full potential.
Very young children often aren't able to express their thoughts and feelings in words, or express them poorly. Due to this, it's important that adults working with them can listen carefully and help children to learn how to express themselves and also provide what they need.
Children are 'social learners' and learn by copying other people, so any adults interacting with them should model good communication, both speaking and listening, so that children will learn from them. In other words, the learning needs of kids are fulfilled by proper communication.
Children need to know that they are being listened to and heard. This helps them to build up a rapport and trust with adults and promotes better relationships. The more you learn how to listen to children, the better you will be able to assess their abilities and interests and plan for their next steps in learning and development. You will also get to know them well and then you can support their emotional needs by being in tune with them. The better and sooner children learn to communicate, the more easily they will form friendships and their confidence and self-esteem will increase.
One of the developmental tasks of early childhood is learning to talk. When young, children spend a lot of time listening to those around them. A child will progress from one or two words in communicating to using several words in a sentence by ages four and five. Children generally speak clearly, but may have trouble pronouncing some words. Parents and caregivers set the stage for communicating with children when very young. It is important to continue speaking to children with patience and by answering questions truthfully as they grow. A child of three may have 900 words in his vocabulary, while a child of five may have over 2000 words.
With young children, it is important that the adult and the child have the same meaning for the message. When speaking with children as a parent or caregiver:
1. Sit at the child’s level and maintain eye contact with the child
2. Ask questions in words they can understand in a calm, soft voice
3. Concentrate on what the child is saying
4. Notice how the child feels.
During the preschool years, ages four to five, the peak age for questioning emerges. Children love to ask the same question over and over. “Why?” seems to be their favorite word. Questions are asked for many reasons, to get more information, to get attention or to see if their thinking is right. Taking time to listen to the young child is one way to encourage communication between children and adults. As language is developing, adults need to provide ways to increase the child’s vocabulary.
Some activities parents can do to increase communication with kids and accomplish their learning needs
1. Reading various books to four and five year old children will develop language skills. Discussing pictures or asking questions about the story will encourage the child to talk.
2. Taking the child for a walk around the neighborhood allows for several topics to talk about. A child may see dogs or cats, birds, cars or trucks, other children, flowers or a ball game.
3. Sharing things before going to bed is a good time to have children think back about the day and talk about their feelings. What happened that was funny? What happened that was exciting?