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Family Focus: Communicating With Children

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Children used to be told not to speak until spoken to. Those days are long gone. Making sure your children know how to communicate is important to learn very early on.

"Have that parent, caregiver or teacher help them explain what they're feeling, just by listening to the child," said Chris Walker, owner of Chris's Clubhouse Daycare in Minot.

Sometimes how a small child communicates depends on how their family acts at home.

"We have a child that's around a very quiet family that doesn't speak very loud, so we had to try and get him out of his shell. Teaching him to communicate louder and he's just excelled since he started here. His parents are so happy; they've made comments about how well he's communicating at home," said Walker.

When a child doesn't know how to say how they feel, or ask for help, it could last for a long time. So parents need to let them know it's okay to speak up.

"Talking and listening was very important in our family, just making sure that they understand that it was okay to talk, okay to talk to me, let me know you have a problem," said Walker.

The days of having your child think they can't speak unless spoken to, are long gone.

"More people are starting to open up and listen," said Walker.

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