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Parent–Child Communication

The word communication comes from Latin, meaning “to share” or “to impart.” It involves spoken words and the tone used. It also includes nonverbal communication such as body language, written language, and gestures. It is through communication that people build meaning and their worldview. People use communication to share thoughts and ideas, express needs and desires, and explain intentions. Effective communication is important in families and between parents and children as a way to express feelings and needs; impart knowledge; socialize children to expectations and rules; and create a warm, responsive relationship. Although the basics of communication are the same no matter whom one is exchanging information with, there are special considerations for parent–child communication.

Children learn words and ways to communicate through interacting with their ...

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