With Your Kids
We are not born assertive.
Instead, assertiveness is a skill taught by parents, teachers, counselors, and other vital influencers in children’s lives.
Assertive communication skills are critical early in life, as they promote quality family and peer relationships, enhanced learning, student engagement, emotional intelligence, and self-worth.
Children with strong social–emotional skills such as assertive communication are also less likely to experience bullying (Casel.org, 2009).
Fortunately, effective communication skill packages have been designed to enhance children’s social skills.
Parents can also increase assertiveness skills in children by doing the following:
Providing role models of assertive, nonaggressive behavior
Role-playing challenging scenarios such as asking to join in a game with peers
Setting consistent boundaries, which shows that parents value their importance
Reinforcing assertive behavior such as when a child makes an assertive request
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