Kids, just like adults, long to connect with others. Effective communication gets them there. You, as parents set a powerful example of good communication for your kids. Children learn necessary communication skills by seeing and hearing the skills you model for them.
In our Stepping Stones program, the communication phase is one of the most vital skill sets for kids to master if they are to be able to get along with their peers. Without solid communication skills, kids are unable to relate to others successfully. Through openly communicating and listening to your children, you are taking advantage of a grand opportunity to help your kids develop these essential life skills.
This article from education.com lays out tips and tools to help you communicate better with your children.