3 Ways To Communicate Better With Your Kids
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3 Ways To Communicate Better With Your Kids

Parent-child communication is often a bumpy road, even on the best of days. A lot of this simply has to do with age related differences. We find it difficult to kinesthetically remember what it was like to be their age, and they intellectually are not able to fathom knowing what we know. It's sort of like sharing your home with someone from a completely different culture, time and education - there are bound to be mix ups. Though that doesn't mean that you or your child need to stumble through communications. Simply take the time to read these 3 steps towards better communication with your kids, then continue your education and your endeavor to cultivate the most positive relationship you can have with your young ones.

Family experts say that proper communication within a home is the key to raising emotionally healthy children. In every generation, parents are always faced with the challenge of communicating effectively with their kids. There are various steps to achieve this and three of them are presented in this article.

  1. Show Your Children Unconditional Love and Acceptance – Parents that are too demanding and are too critical end up raising unhappy, insecure children. They do this with the wrong belief that this is the right way to motivate their kids. This wrong parenting leads to resentment on the part of the children, leading them to loathe communicating with their parents. Making a child accepted for what he is gives him self confidence and faith in his parents. Unconditional love and acceptance is the best gift that parents can give to their children. When children are made to feel acceptance and love, they open up readily to their parents and show more respect and appreciation for their counsels. Communication thus becomes a pleasant part of their relationship, where both parents and children are willing to listen and be heard.

  2. Let Your Children Express Themselves – Many parents think that because they are older than their children, they are wiser and more correct in their opinions. In many homes, we find children answering back disrespectfully to their parents, sometimes cursing or even cussing their parents in the process. Although children should be allowed to express themselves, they should not be allowed to display these kind of disrespectful actions towards their parents. Permitting them to do so would mean tolerating their undisciplined behaviour which would create more headaches and heartaches for their parents in the future.

  3. Ask Questions – This is the most accepted way of communicating with children. Many parents, especially mothers can detect what is inside her child’s mind just by watching his body language. Motherly instinct can often tell her what is bothering her child. But if her instinct and observations are not enough to discover her child’s problem, asking him questions is an old effective technique to employ. Just by being a good listener to her child can result in positive results. This makes the child feel that his parent is like a safe haven where he can find support and understanding. Thus, he gains the confidence to communicate effectively not only to his parent but to other people, a trait that is essential for him to cope with his adult life in the future.

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