A How-To Guide for Communication with Your Child
Children don’t come with guidebooks and since every child is unique, it can be difficult to know how to connect with your child. While there are books, videos, experts, classes, and more to tell you how to do it, no one can tell you exactly what will work for your child. This is why good communication is the most important thing you can do for your relationship with your child. When you have good communication, you can work through most any other issues that come along.
Here is how you can communicate better with your child:
Remember what it’s like – Sometimes you need to remember what it’s like to be a child. Put yourself in their shoes and try to remember how much bigger the world seemed. How differently did you view the world when you were your child’s age?
Listen without talking – This one takes some practice if you’re not used to it. Even if you consider yourself a good listener normally, you might find when it comes to your child, you’re too quick to want to give opinions and advice instead of just listening. So listen without talking. Hear all that your child has to say to you.
Make time for fun – If you’re all serious all the time, you child will never see the side of you that can cut up and be silly or have fun. You should make time to dance and sing with your child, play games together, tell jokes, and have fun. It will strengthen the bond and build your communication skills.
With these tips, you can boost the communication between you and your child. This will strengthen the bond as well as help you with any other obstacles that should come along throughout the years.
Do you have any tips to better communicate with your child? Please share them in the comment below!
I have nothing to add to this great list – I do want to say that “Remembering” is SO important and one that I often catch myself forgetting.
What a wonderful and thoughtful guide. 🙂
Those are great tips! I need to remember to make time for fun. I do that, but only because I consciously work at it!
Good tips and it’s always good to remember that each child is different and might not respond in the same way.
Definitely awesome tips. I love listening to what little ones have to say.
Respect your child always and listen. As a parent, if you feel that your current tone, word choice, actions you are doing with your child are NOT how you would deal with a colleague then STOP! Find a better way. Listen with respect. Kids are people too,who just need more guidance and support and LOVE!
Some great tips here! I need to work on this more I think!
Good tips! Listening without interrupting is so important but difficult at times!