Improve Communication with Your Kids

Communicating with your child is one of the toughest parts of parenting.  Janet Davis, parenting expert and early childhood educator, joined us to share a few ways to improve your communication style: 

  • Lead by example.
  • Communicate eye to eye when ever it is possible . When the discussion is dealing with an awkward subject it may be more comfortable speaking side by side.
  • Pay attention to what your child is telling you. Don't just hear their word but really listen to what they are saying.
  • To avoid any misunderstandings repeat back to them what you believe they are saying. Wait for confirmation to make sure there is no misunderstanding.
  • Talk to your child about nonverbal communication. Discuss the importance of your body language in conversation
  • Most importantly, when asking your child questions, wait for an answer. Sit, pause, be patient. Don't put words in your child 's mouth.

For more information, visit Janet's website.

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