8-ways-to-teach-your-kids-conscious-communication-33Kids are incredible and they have so much to teach us about communication. Kids love to communicate. They so are eager to openly express their feelings, ideas, needs, and viewpoints—whether it be positive, negative, or anywhere in between.

Kids are beautiful in the way that they don’t have a filter and you never have to guess what they’re thinking or how they’re feeling. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and openly share whatever is on their mind. At least in the beginning.

At some point, however, conditioning sets in and they learn that it’s not OK to express themselves freely. They are taught that if they don’t have anything nice to say, they shouldn’t say anything at all. They become trained to bury their emotions—positive and negative—and to refrain from talking about them or acting them out. Children are sponges and adapt readily to what family, friends, and society believe are the appropriate rules of conduct. They absorb everything you say and do, and begin to replicate your behaviors before they even learn to speak.

It’s no wonder, then, that children grow up behaving in the same ways that their parents do. They struggle with emotional expression, fitting in, and feeling heard. They carry forward the limiting beliefs of previous generations as well as adopting their own along the way, and they fight every day to find their voice, just like you and I have had to do. Read the full article here