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Giving Voice To Your Kids

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Sneha Sarkar
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Giving Voice To Your Kids

In a society where we are fettered by expectations on how people should behave and how they should be, promoting self-expression in your child is the best thing you can do as a parent!

 

Self expression in children

 

Self-expression is the most important factor for the development of a child's individuality. Nurturing self-expression in children makes them navigate the gray areas of youth and gives them the gadgets they need to cultivate and thrive as an individual. Being able to fully understand and express themselves boosts their mental well-being and helps them to connect to their true self. They can communicate their likes, dislikes constructively, which helps us understand a child's perception of the world and gives us a chance to respond appropriately.

 

Also read: The importance of self-confidence in a child’s life

 

To shed more light on the importance of self-expression, Ezyschooling and Voxbox have collaborated to conduct a panel discussion on "Giving voice to your child". We are proud to be joined by the following esteemed panelists to be part of the session:

 

1. Dr. Latika Sushil Bhatia (Former director at Vidya group of schools, Pune)

2. Gourmet Singh( Principal at the Millennium School, Punjab) 

3. Vamsheepriya Amar( Principal at MVJ International School, Bangalore)

4. Dr.Dheeraj Mehrotra ( Principal at Kunwar's Global School, Lucknow)

5. Aditya Jaishankar (Co-founder of Voxbox)

 

What is the importance of self-expression in the early years of development?

Self love and confidence

Self-expression is vital for the growth of a child’s identity, self-confidence, and sense of belonging to the world. Through being creative, self-expression also supports children’s imagination and thinking which help build thoughts that may amaze us. 

 

It allows them to produce a new understanding, experiencing the world from different perspectives. Very well said by Mrs.Vamsheepriya Amar "Freedom of expression is very democratic". Every child wants to express and to be heard.

Parent child communication

Building a relationship where they feel safe and secure enough to express whatever they feel will determine their level of comfort and eventually help them express themselves.
 

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How does a practice of giving a voice to your children facilitate achievements of development milestones?



Psychosocial development

 

Self-expression plays a significant role in developing the ability to relate to others and engage in social relationships. Self-expression at its core is the action of expressing oneself. Children can use their words, facial expressions, body, gestures, actions, and possessions to express their authentic selves. Rightly said by Dr.Dheeraj Mehrotra " self-expression is the need of an hour and to achieve that we need to work our talk, let our kids ask more questions".With a proper approach, self-expression will not only help achieve academically but all over emotional and mental stability.


 

What are the different methods that can be employed by the parents to enhance self-expression in children?

 

Being a parent, you are your child’s first role model in life. They learn from you, seeing you. Start by encouraging healthy self-expression by communicating your emotions and why you are feeling happy, sad, or mad. Below are a few more tips to help foster self-expression in your child:

  

  • Creating  an environment restored with respect and compassion is always the best way to improve your child’s self-expression, 
     

Healthy family environment

 

  • Implementing artistic endeavors like music, dancing, painting, drawing, writing gives out a solid outlet for many notions a child deals with.

Parents allowing self expression

 

  • Allowing them to play with one another creates an environment to teach cooperation, respect for others, and different relationship skills. It also helps them to create reasonable boundaries.

Play and learn

  • Let your children decide on their style. Give them freedom by providing choices to build self-confidence. Celebrate their style by letting them dress however they’d like.
     

Picking out their own clothes

 

  • One must consider that encouraging curiosity can drive children to discover themselves. Their interest is an enormous place to start on what pushes their thinking process

Curiosity in children

 

  •  Activities like going outdoors, celebrating festivals with various ethnic groups can bring out their true self without the fear of being judged. The more diversified experiences children retain in their lives, the wider the spectrum of expression they possess.
     

festivals

 

  • Parents can take help from various external sources such as apps like Voxbox. Rightly mentioned by Mr. Aditya Jaishankar" Apps like Voxbox provide an open canvas to children to express their creative skills. Ensuring that every child could have a voice and be heard, it is an audio-based platform with fun engaging prompts. Also, under the monitoring of parents, children can explore more than what they imagine"

 

With prompts like "Go on an adventure", "Relive an experience"," Spark an idea", "Share your thought", "Explore a city" and many more, Voxbox encourages kids to foster a community and share their thoughts, ideas, and stories with other children across the country. Kids can speak about their experiences, adventures and record them on Voxbox, making them content creators instantly.

Voxbox has detailed safety protocols where parents need to give their consent in order to make their child's audio recording public. This way parents can both monitor and enjoy shared screen time with their kids, emphasizing on the creative part of their minds.
 

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How can schools give a voice to children?

 

Often in class, there will be some students who tend to know the answer, but would sink down and will avoid making eye contact. After their own home, schools are the place where children learn by seeing their teachers and peers. Here are some points teachers can consider  to help children with self-expression in school:

 

1. Encourage more discussion time


Debate

 

Discussion time is crucial to explore and develop different ideas. Offering time to process things and discuss with their peers will help children understand new topics. This also makes them hear other people's perspectives. We all will agree with what Mr.Gurmeet Singh mentioned " Engagement is important but allowing everyone to participate is paramount"

 

2. Debate! Debate! Debate!

Debates make students active and help them to communicate and put on articulated arguments that will foster a stronger voice. 

 

Debate

 

3. Allow creative expression 

Creative expression

 

Giving children chances to articulate their voice through art, games, poetry, activity can be a great means of encouraging expression in children.

 

4. Try making classes personally relevant


Diverse background

 

Children come from diverse backgrounds and possess different experiences. Making classes personally relevant can help students to understand what their voice is and develop confidence with familiarity.

 

What would be the consequences of lack of self-expression in children?

 

When children don't express themselves, they repress important parts of who they are. If a child finds it challenging to express themselves, they will naturally tend to conform to whatever situations they find themselves in. Given the extensive culture of conformity, it is no shock that depression rates amongst children are rising dramatically over the years. Also mentioned by Dr. Latika Sushil Bhatia "Sacrificing self-expression can lead to lower self-esteem, self-confidence, and unhappiness in children."

 

No "one thing fits all'' or a  rule book to explore children's self-expression, so let them take their time and be patient. Ask better questions, listen to their things attentively and try to engage with them as much as possible. Being able to make children express themselves needs space and autonomy. Make time to indulge in their creative sense. Don’t be afraid to be experimental. Your children will thank you for this!

This article has been reviewed by our panel. The points, views and suggestions put forth in this article have been expressed keeping the best interests of fellow parents in mind. We hope you found the article beneficial.
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• Emotional Health
• child development
• panel session
• self expression
• voxbox