Being assertive doesn’t mean being pushy or verbally bullying people. When around others it is the art of tactfully applying communication skills toward a certain mutually beneficial goal to achieve a satisfying result. Basically, it’s knowing how to talk to people to achieve what you want. When we think of this idea the first thing that probably goes through most of us adults’ minds is a grown-up interaction with money, but if you think about it, kids can be very crafty at times.
Help them find their gifts
If you want your child to find his or her abilities and to use them in every day life then look for those cunning ways they use to get what they want around the house. A mid-night snack? An X-Box game? A sleep-over with a friend? An extra hour till they have to do their home work? Figure out those subtle expressions or comments that they make and show them how to apply it in other aspects of their life as they develop.
Realizing and utilizing their talents
Have you heard your child talk to a teacher? If they get to know their teachers well and communicate with them well they will do better in school. This doesn’t mean they have to be a teacher’s pet, although that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. If they just show their teachers and others what they are capable of they will start earning more respect as they get older. People will recognize their niche and what they are about. As all of us know, this is a good thing when we live on our own. It’s much easier to communicate with people when they understand each other.
Let them be who they are
As the years go by they will be around a variety of different people and will be learning a lot of different things as a result. Be to and support them and the man or woman that they are becoming. If you gradually give them space throughout the years, you will be giving them room to grow.
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