Parent-Child Relationships

Having a Better Relationship with Your Child

Be There!

You can’t communicate if you’re not there.

Listen & Actually Hear
Pay attention to what your child is saying & feeling

Be Open
Be honest about your feelings and expectations

Stay Calm!
Get your emotions under control before talking to your child

Deal with Today
What happened in the past is not always pertinent to the problem today

Encourage & Accept
Accept the person even if you don’t accept their action

No Attacking
Sarcasm and hostility have no place in mature communication

Avoid Mixed Messages
There is a time to correct and a time to praise

No Nagging or Preaching
Not only will that not get you anywhere but your child will likely tune you out

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