The Benefits of Strong Family Communication for a Child - Hearing and Speech Agency

The Benefits of Strong Family Communication for a Child

June is National Family and Effective Communications Month — a month to celebrate and appreciate the vital role communication has on a family, specifically a child’s development. We know that the earlier parents start communicating with their child, the better foundation the child has for learning and socializing.

Regular and intentional communication with a child is one of the most effective tools as development unfolds around a child’s interactions with others. The expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas is a learned behavior and early intervention sets the tone and foundation for the child’s relationships and behaviors for the rest of their life.

Here are a few benefits for a child exposed to consistent, strong family communication:

Increase in Self-Esteem
Families practicing effective communication and encouraging children to openly discuss their needs and wants makes a child believe that their feelings and thoughts matter, in turn increasing their self-esteem. Children with low self-esteem often struggle with communication, making it difficult to develop strong relationships, further lowering their self-confidence.

Improvement of  Problem-Solving Abilities
Some children have difficulty problem-solving because of underdeveloped communication skills. When a child can communicate about an issue effectively, they are more likely to work through a problem and choose a solution. Consider involving your kids in household decisions to help them learn to navigate problems and solutions.  

Decrease in Problem Behaviors
When a child feels recognized they are less likely to act out to get attention. Many motivations associated with problem behavior can be rectified and replaced with effective communication strategies.

Preparation for Bigger Issues
Good communication habits are built over time. Making dialogue with your family a daily behavior can make it easier to communicate about difficult subjects later on. Communicating about little things as a regular process in the home can make talking about big issues more natural when they arise.

Expression through Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal behaviors are important for effective communication because they are how we look, listen, move and interact with those around us — especially, and most importantly, with those close to us. Dr. Albert Mehrabian, the author of Silent Messages, found that 93 percent of our daily communication is nonverbal. We observe nonverbal communications through body language, tone, posture, facial expressions, eye contact, etc. Effective nonverbal communications can help a child to express complex feelings, ideas, and concepts without words. It can also foster healthy relationships with those around us by letting them know you care, that you are listening or that you are engaged in the conversation, all through nonverbal cues.

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