Think of experiences you have had with infants or toddlers, either professionally or personally. Describe an example of positive parent-child (or caregiver-child) communication you observed and an example of communication that was negative or harmful. Give your opinion as to why one example was positive and why the other was negative in regards to the child's development.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 11:32 pm ad1c9bdddf
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As a brief anecdotal description of an example of positive parent-child communication I observed: I saw a parent engaged in a choice offering to her child in the grocery store when the child was having a temper tantrum. The parent effectively defused the situation when she gave her child choices by calmly reiterating and bending to speak to the child at eye level, "You may stay in the cart and use an inside voice and pick a snack or we can go to the car together and find Mr. Snuggles (toy) until you are able to use an inside voice." By maintaining a calm voice and offering the child this choice, I regard it as a positive interaction because it offered respect and empowerment to the child and corrective feedback, not punishment; the child immediately calmed down and remained in the cart without shouting.
As an example of a parental communication that was negative or harmful, I saw a parent screaming, "You're worthless!" to her child when she picked up the wrong bottle of iced tea for the parent in a different aisle. The child's face grew red and then she hung her head in disappointment. This was a negative, emotionally abusive exchange in regards to the child's development because the parent is name-calling, showing disrespect and intimidation and hindering the child's self esteem. Instead she should have praised the child for what she did correctly to help at the store or allow the child to go back and get the correct brand of iced tea; this would have been more of a useful lesson instead of the chastisement and belittlement that it was.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 11:32 pm ad1c9bdddf>