The psychology department at Children's Hospital in Richmond, Va., offers some advice on how to communicate with children in ways that will help improve self-image.
Simple, slow, direct communication given in a moderate tone is the most effective. Body language and facial expressions should match your spoken words.
- make certain their child is listening;
- use words that the child understands;
- lower pitch and decrease speed and volume in order to make communication more effective;
- give directions one at a time, or in order of expected performance -- according to a child's ability and age.