Helping Your Child Find Their Voice

As a parent, you want to teach your child that what they have to say is important. Lake Forrest Prep, a private school in Orlando, can help you show your child that their voice matters.

Show Respect
Whether you’re six or 60, you want to be shown respect when you’re speaking. When your child has something to say, stop what you’re doing. Give them your full attention, make eye contact, and listen. Not only will this show them that what they say has value, but it can help set the foundation for the more difficult conversations you’ll have as they get older.

In addition to giving your child their full attention, respect their words. It may take your child a minute or so to put their thoughts into words. That’s okay. Let them finish their sentence. Give your child both time and space to share what is on their mind. Not only will this show them the importance of their voice, but it can also help establish an open relationship for the future.

Practice Active Listening
Show your child that you’re listening. Engage in what they’re saying and use body language to show that what they’re saying matters. Try to put aside any distracting thoughts like what you’re going to have for dinner or when you’re going to make it to the gym,and most importantly, try to listen without judgment. Instead of telling them how to fix their problem, ask how you can help. This helps to validate your child’s feelings and empowers them to make their own decisions.

Their Voice Matters
It can be tempting to order your child’s food at a restaurant, tell the bowling alley clerk their shoe size, or speak to their basketball coach on their behalf. Teach your child that the little things matter, even if it’s something as small as a size 8T bowling shoe. Letting your child speak up for themselves can reduce public speaking anxiety and will help encourage them to speak up in any situation.
Lake Forrest Prep, a private school in Orlando, can help give your child a foundation for a successful future. Give us a call at 407-331-5144 to set up a tour, or contact us online.