Online communication skills your children need to learn

Online Communication Skills Your Children Need to Learn #onlinecommunication #homeschoolpodcast

Episode 26: Online communication skills your children need to learn

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1. Start teaching them these skills early

  1. They should choose their email username carefully
  2. They should get in the habit of checking their emails on a daily basis

2. Teach them to always answer emails and texts

  • A simple ‘thanks’ or ‘ok’ will suffice
  • Not replying is rude

3. Teach your children to check spelling / basic grammar

  • Use proper sentences
  • Remember a real person is reading it
  • Don’t use texting lingo with adults

Use Grammarly to help pick up typos, spelling and grammar errors

4. Teach your children to choose their words carefully

  • Online words live on forever
  • Without body language, facial expression, and tone of voice, words might have a different meaning to the recipient
  • It is easy to whip off a reply (vs finding a pen/paper/envelope/stamp) – take time before you hit send if upset.
  • Be careful not to bully with words (or be bullied)
  • If anything that is said online makes them uncomfortable, your children should come to you immediately

5. Be clear if you are asking for something

If asking for things, try to give all info needed. Eg for recommendation letters, provide the due date, what it is for, details of achievements etc. This saves a back and forth of emails.

6. Communication in online classes

  • Students should do it themselves if old enough
  • They should contact teacher/teaching assistants politely

7. It is useful to use online communication to follow up on a live conversation

“Put it in writing” is always a good idea to prevent miscommunication and online communication makes this really easy to do.

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Online Communication Skills Your Children Need to Learn #onlinecommunication #homeschoolpodcast

How to Have Those BIG Talks with Your Kids with Christy Montes

How to Have those BIG Talks with Your KidsChristy Montes is back to chat about those BIG talks.

Christy and I have had many talks with all of our kids over the years and thought you guys might benefit from hearing from us on this topic. We have done some things well, but we have messed up plenty. If you want to have a relationship that promotes open communication, start early and talk often. Some other things we suggested were:

1. Make time for each child.
2. Stay in the moment, that means put away your phone.
3. Don’t be fearful about the BIG talks.
4. Take advantage of car rides, it is a great place to talk.

This picture is of sweet Christy and her husband at a recent history night. I wonder if they had any talks in that car. 😉

5. You will make a mistake, which is why GRACE exists.
6. You will feel like your drowning in toddlerhood, know that your investment pays off later.
7. You are not meant to be friends with your young children, but if you do not invest in them when they are young, you will not be friends as adults.
8. Find a friend you trust and encourage each other through this mothering gig.


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