Tips to Communicate with your Child

Family is very important and it is good to keep communication with your children strong and healthy. Life is busy and it can get very hectic, but don’t let that stop you from communicating with your children. We have come up with 4 tips to help you communicate with your little ones. Hopefully these tips will lead to a stronger relationship and teach you how to smooth over rough spots that will occur along the way.

Recognize your child’s feelings-

Your child’s feelings are real. Try and avoid telling your child what they should or should not feel. Don’t tell them that feeling a certain way is “silly” or that they “will understand when they get older”. As one matures, their feelings mature too. Your child’s emotions are important and you need to encourage them to express their feelings to you.

Stay Calm-

It can be easy to get frustrated as a parent, but remember that nothing positive comes from yelling and screaming. If you stay calm, it is easy to keep an open mind and handle the situation calmly. It is best to remind yourself that getting angry won’t make anything better, and normally makes things worse. You want to set a good example for your child and not teach them that getting angry is an acceptable way of acting. Try your best to relax and stay calm.

Talk!-

We want to remind you that you need to make the time to talk, even if it is just a tiny bit. Dedicating time to talking with your child face-to-face, free from any distractions is more important than you may realize. Ask them questions about how their day was, or how they are feeling to show that you are interested and that you care. Make sure that you are really listening and responding genuinely. When your child is having a bad day, make extra sure that you talk to them that day. If you make this a regular occurrence, your child will be more open with telling you how they feel on a regular basis.

Encourage-

Children thrive on positive attention and praise. You need to make sure that they feel loved and appreciated every single day. Make it a habit of providing more positive feedback than negative feedback. Show them how you feel by giving them a hug or a pat on the back. And tell them how proud you are of them often.

We hope that you take our advice to keep your communication with you child healthy and strong. Parenting can be one of the most difficult jobs, but there are ways to make the most out of it. Show your child how much you love them and take these tips on communication. Please share this blog post with any parents you know!

Sources:

Child Development Institute www.childdevelopmentinfo.com)

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