How to improve the way we talk to our children so they will LISTEN
The way we talk to our children has a significant impact on their learning and ability to listen to us.
As parents, we are their role models and our little people will learn from and copy how we act and behave.
Children love to mimic us, from dressing up in our clothes, singing to our favourite songs to repeating exactly what we say both to them and to our family and friends.
Research suggests there are generally three types of communication styles used by parents:
Aggressive: yell a lot using attacking words
Passive: mutter soft, cautious words and tones
Assertive: firm, consistent, clear and positive
Well we all want to think we adopt the 3rd all the time. However, I’m sure you have covered all three at some point in your parenting life!
Make some easy changes to how you communicate with your child to improve their listening skills:
Listening skills develop through conversation
Open and comfortable communication with your children develops confidence, self-esteem, good relationships with others, cooperation, closeness with you and, importantly, allows them to learn to listen.
Fostering a positive relationship with your child takes time and effort and good communication skills so talk with your child as much as you can.
Remember, good conversation is a two-way street. Talk with them and listen to what they have to say; listening is just as important as talking.
The SPR Juniors Programme
SPR Juniors Programme is a highly active P.E lesson resource pack containing video and lesson plan resources that allow staff to deliver high quality Physical Education at the push of a button.
The programme for SPR Juniors is designed to offer each primary school a balanced education programme focusing on nutrition, fitness and mindset delivering Strong Powerful Resilient Juniors!
Primarily, the programme provides progressive P.E. lessons for years 3 to 6 which help children improve their core fitness and develop motor skills that will underpin their sporting performance.
Each school will also have access to our SPR Junior Resource Centre. This is an online library for teachers to access nutritional guidance to support their curriculum plus it includes fun goals and milestones for pupils to reach that will support their nutritional awareness.
These resources are designed to be used as part of the weekly parent newsletter. They help parents understand, in more depth, what their children are learning in relation to nutrition and fitness and give them the core information on how to encourage their children to continue their SPR Junior’s programme at home!