Modeling active listening and empathic response can be challenging without practice and intentional thought. Learning how to speak to our children this way can be even more difficult, as we often address them in directional commands or with explanations. Communicating in the language of emotions and feelings is often more difficult, especially when tempers or disappointment flare.
This article, brought to my attention by Dale Sorcher, the Gan's Kangaroos Class teacher, Winning Ways to Talk With Young Children (Published by the University of Maine), gives concrete and simple suggestions for powerful language that invites conversation, establishes trust, and builds self esteem. We can also help children build valuable life skills through conversation, collaborative problem solving, and self-direction with these tools as well.
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