Assertiveness is a healthy way of communicating. It is a calm, clear, direct and respectful way of stating what you want, need or how you feel about something. Being assertive is the most effective way to communicate. However, it can be difficult to master. Many people communicate in less effective ways, such as passive, aggressive, or even passive-aggressive. These are inefficient because passive communication is often unclear and aggressive communication can come off as mean or hurtful. When we communicate assertively, we are more likely to get our needs met by those around us. Below you will find resources you can use at home to help teach this important skill to your child.
Resources for Young Children:
Building Assertiveness: How to Help Your Quiet Child Speak Up
5 Key Steps for Raising Assertive Kids
10 Steps for Teaching Your Kids How to be Assertive
4 Playful Activities to Help Children Develop Assertiveness
9 Assertiveness Activities
Learn to Communicate Assertively
Resources for Adolescents:
What is Assertiveness?
4 Social/Emotional Skills You Can Easily Practice with Teens
Assertiveness Games and Activities