Non-violent communication, also called the language of compassion or the language of the heart, is based on observing and identifying needs and feelings within oneself and others, and on expressing them honestly. Using the language of the heart to communicate with Children has the unique advantage of promoting the development of their self-awareness, empathy and verbal skills that help them build relationships and rapport with others. “Violence” in this context refers to any form of influence on, or domination over other people, and ignoring other people’s needs and feelings (although violence in communication can also have the form of violence toward ourselves, if it is our own needs and feelings that we push aside). Non-violent communication focuses on four fundamental components of communication: observation (e.g. When you sit away from us and say your are not going to join us), expression of feelings (…I wonder if you are angry…), identification of needs (…because you’d like to stay outdoors a bit longer…), and making specific requests (…and if so, would you like us to go out again after lunch?). The non-violent communication process was developed by American psychologist and therapist Marshall B. Rosenberg.