Definition specifically related to the family context
The ability to communicate reflects parents’ capacity to clearly express themselves, both verbally and in writing. It also implies listening effectively and being sensitive to children’s body or non-verbal language. Parents who communicate effectively keep updated about what their children are doing, going through or witnessing, therefore instilling an open climate that nurtures communication in all interactions.
Parents must often analyze and manage communication, by taking into account factors that foster or hinder its effectiveness. They must choose a language that is appropriate to the situation, the family context and the intent of particular comments. They are sensitive to the impact of language and consider the other person’s point of view in order to improve their ability to communicate. They can distance themselves from their own perspective, pay attention to their interlocutors’ reactions and adapt their way of communicating accordingly. They detect strategies that are adopted throughout the process, as well as their effectiveness. They comply with established rules and develop an appreciation for rich and precise vocabulary, relevance of comments and cohesive reasoning.
In supporting children in their educational path, parents aim to express themselves as adequately as possible. They can interpret and explain to their children the events they experienced or witnessed, such a fight in the schoolyard or an accident.
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