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Response on " Toward integrating research on parent-child emotion talk and linguistic theory" Indeed, parent-child discussions on emotion socially influence kids' social and emotional development. According to the article, kids grow and also develop very fast in primary development areas, which are physical (motor), language and communication, social and emotional as well as cognitive. Socioemotional development is what defines how a child starts to understand who/she is,what he/she is feeling and his/her expectation when interacting and socializing with others. Therefore, positive socio-emotional development is crucial as it shapes and influences a kid's empathy, self-confidence, his/her ability to develop and strengthen meaningful and lasting partnerships friendships as well as a sense of value and importance to those surrounding and engaging with him/her. A child's socio-emotional similarly influences every other area of development. Hence, parents play the most important and highest role in socio-emotional development, they provide their children with the most consistent relationships. Consistent indirect parent-child discussions and experiences and help kids develop communicative competence, learn about relationships as well as explore their emotions in interactions that are predictable. In particular, I can imagine how scary it is for parents when they cannot remember or count all the things they have said to their kids. A parent communicates with his/her child even when he/she does not intend to. Besides parents send their kids messages, which they do not often mean to convey. For that reason, I concur with the authors' that indirect communication serves and comes as good news for parent-child discussions as it offers a positive way of conveying message without offending the receiver who in this case is the child.
The article clearly portrays indirectness as a fundamental element of any child's development in terms of his/her linguistic capability. Without a doubt, it is important for parents to get down to the level of their children in uncomfortable conversations so as to avoid any form of emotional overarousal. Additionally, I agree with the article that indirect communication in parent-child discussions may help avoid conflict and negative confrontations between parents and their kids. Simply, using indirectness in emotional parent-child discussions teaches kids the appropriate norms of socialization, communicative competence and also makes the talk less intimidating. When a parent changes his/her approach of communication by stopping what he/she is doing, putting his/her phone away, turning off the Tv or radio or setting his/her book away, it tells his/her child he/she values what he/she is trying to communicate. A good case in point is when parents tell their kids they can achieve whatever they desire through their words and efforts. This is another way of the parents indirectly saying they value their kids' work, what they are saying and/or believe they are capable. Parents have the capacity to indirectly communicate positively to their children by simply smiling at them and not necessary addressing them directly. In conclusion, Indirectness is an integral part of parent-child emotional conversation and socialization that should be put into consideration in future research study on social development. Besides, further studies need to explore how communicative competence should be acquired in emotion talk context.
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