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Value of Face-to-Face Connections

Mom talking to daughter

In today�s digital world, it�s common for scenarios like this to play out: A teenage girl comes into the kitchen obviously upset. When her dad asks what�s wrong, she says she is having a fight with a friend who said hurtful things to her. 

Her dad can�t bel​ieve the friend would say some of the t​hings his daughter told him about. For proof, she takes out her cell phone so he can �read� the argument. The entire thing was happening via text messages, and they hadn�t actually spoken about the problem face to face!

There is no skill more valuable than being able to speak with a person face to face. It enables you to make a connection that no text, tweet or Facebook update can duplicate. The fastest way to communicate isn�t always the best way to communicate.

It�s much easier to resolve conflicts face to face. That�s why world leaders meet at summits, where they can ​sit down together and discuss the problem. There�s no reading between the lines � it�s all right in front of them and everyone is getting the same message.

That�s why teaching kids social skills regarding communication is so important. For most kids, conflict is (and always will be) a part of their lives � and they need to learn how to address and deal with it effectively. They need to know how to introduce themselves, look a person in the eyes and disagree with him or her appropriately.

Spend time talking with your children to help them shape their social skills so when they have a disagreement with a friend, they know how to resolve it quickly and successfully.