Ways to Improve Your Child’s Confidence in Communication

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Ever wonder why are some of the children more pro-active in learning, where they are not afraid to ask questions and are more confident while expressing their thoughts?

Some may say it depends on each individual’s personality as some were born shy and some were born ‘with guts’. However, throughout many researches, it is discovered that the golden age of childhood learning in languages is between 3-6 years old where they develop speaking, listening skills and also character development.

In this period, the surroundings of people that the child contacts and the environment that the child lives in, will determine the character that he or she is going to has. Therefore, pre-education stands a crucial role in a child’s development, as it could directly impact their ability of expressing themselves verbally or emotionally, and their confidence in expressing themselves in daily life. In Julia Gabriel Centre, we offer a variety of innovative and holistic programmes to help children to development confidence to better express themselves.

The communication programmes in Julia Gabriel Centre are delivered in a dynamic, supportive and safe environment with the elements of fun and creativity from speech and drama. Although we all can have different types of personalities, but all children have one common trait – curiosity and imaginative. It would be great if there were an environment which is safe for child to deliver their thoughts without being judged, or criticised to development their confidence, and also better learning the corrects and wrongs in life.

Of course, alongside of the programmes given by Julia Gabriel Centre, there are also ways to improve a child’s confidence in expressing themselves more in daily life, at home!

So here are some useful tips for all the daddys and mummys:

Spend time with your children effectively. You don’t need to be with them 24 hours, as they need to have their own space to grow and explore so that they can be independent in living.

The best time should be (i) breakfast (ii) dinner and (iii) before bed time.

And here are the reasons:

(a)    Breakfast is the first meal of the day and it kick starts their day of exploring new things and learning new skills in a brand new day. This conversation should be preparing their mood and to understand better how they feel too. For instance, ask them how do they feel about going to school, are they exciting? Or ask them if they had any dreams last night!

(b)   Dinner is great after you had finished your work and when they came back from school (or nurseries), asked them what they had learnt and how do they feel about themselves.  You can also tell them a little bit of your work life… And maybe you might hear some unexpected opinions from them!

(c)    Bed time. A bed time story would be great to give imaginary space for your child and deliver positive values for them.

**KEY ELEMENT in communication: is to be neutral and give them positive response. When they are incorrect, don’t scold them first. Calm down, and tell them slowly how is the correct method and why is that correct. Children tend to be less confident and shuts down in expressing their thoughts once they had experienced the feeling of rejection when asking questions out of curiosity or expressing their opinions.

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