4 Top Tips To Nurture Your Child's Voice

All children can benefit from having their voice nurtured. Having their thoughts and ideas heard, no matter how idiosyncratic, is powerful for children’s self-confidence and happiness.

A confident voice…

-      expresses itself openly

-      asks questions – the more we ask, the more we can learn

-      asserts thoughts and ideas, even when they are contrary to popular opinion

-      listens to other voices 

-      reflects positivity

-      is happy to own mistakes and learn from them

-      is wonderfully unique!

Here’s 4 top tips for boosting your child’s voice...

 1. Provide opportunities

Giving your child a mix of experiences is a great way for them to explore their voice in different contexts. Together you can learn where they feel most confident and where they struggle.

Applaud your child for giving something a ‘good go’ and explore positive vocabulary surrounding these experiences.

2. Acknowledge positive and negative feelings

Children need emotional security to thrive. They also need to know that it’s okay to experience a range of good and bad feelings – they all have a habit of passing, afterall. Naming our feelings is also important and will increase your child's vocabulary relating to emotional intelligence.

Showing your child that you recognise how they feel will help them to feel heard. Knowing you won’t judge them will also help your child feel comfortable sharing their thoughts with you.

3. Celebrate the small wins

This one is so important but is often underrated as we are tend to focus more on our big goals, rather than the small steps in between. Telling your child you’re proud of them for trying their best, for example in a school end of term test, will mean a lot to them.

Genuine praise won’t go unnoticed. This bank of praise your child acquires will help them feel loved and valued, both vital for developing a strong voice.

4. Journalling

Encouraging your child to keep a diary will allow your child to explore their feelings in a safe, non-threatening way. Knowing it’s normal to feel different emotions is part of growing up and being able to express these is healthy for growing minds and bodies.

I hope you find these tips useful! Nurturing children’s voices is at the heart of all my teaching so please get in contact if you’d like to find out more.

Clare

Posted on February 4th 2022

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