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Each parent's task is to teach their child how to live and cope in society. A child who learns to recognize body language at an early stage can consciously shape relations with the environment and finds himself in a better group.
So what do you tell children about body language to help them develop social and emotional intelligence?
When talking to children about body language, remember to adapt the information to their age and capabilities. It is worth using examples from life and the immediate family, you can also use illustrated help - provided that they come from a proven, trusted source. A child should know what body language is primarily so that it can read the emotions of others better and more consciously.
Below you will find a list of a few things worth mentioning to your kids:
- Body language (including movements, gestures, eyes and facial expressions) matters and can reveal more than words. Over time, you'll learn how to recognize emotions by observing other people's body language. Every adult can recognize them. Those who read human emotions well based on body language can respond better to them.
- Usually, when you want something very much, when you feel very good or very bad, your body clearly reveals it. For example, when a small child smiles, it means that he is happy, and when he frowns and cries, then we know he is sad.
- Your body language reveals what you feel, so sometimes looking at you, I can say what you think before you can tell me.
- We can never 100% hide our emotions because our body language betrays them involuntarily. However, we can learn to recognize certain signs and consciously use or avoid certain gestures.
- By observing the body language of your friends, you can tell if they are sad, angry and whether they want to party or if they are excited. If you pay attention to your colleagues' body language, you'll be able to adapt your behavior to the situation, such as comforting someone who is sad.
- You can use your body language to show others that they are important to you without saying a word. For example, when you hug or hold my hand, then I know you love me, even if you don't tell me.
- You should know that not only words can hurt someone's feelings - body language can do the same. If you look at me, I feel that you are interested in me, but if you suddenly turn away from me and go away, I think you don't like me.
- People react differently depending on how close you are to them - if you approach a stranger and hug her, she will feel a bit uncomfortable. When we approach someone too close, we are said to violate that person's private space - their comfort zone. Some need more space and others need less and we should respect it.