Communicating with your child can be hard or it can be easy. It all depends on how you approach the situation. Are you looking for ways to have better communication with your child? As a parent, I sometimes think that my eleven-year-old doesn’t need me. I couldn’t be more wrong about this notion. Our children will always need us for something. Most importantly, our children need to know that we as parents will listen to them. Here are the best ways to have better communication with your child
1. Listen to Your Child
One of the easiest ways to have better communication with your child is to listen to him. This is very important because it lets your child know that he can talk to you and you will listen. When listening to your child, give eye contact. If you yell at him every time he tries to talk to you, that won’t work. When you yell it pushes him further away. If you are doing something that can wait, put that thing on hold to see what your child has to say.
2. Compliment Her
As a parent, this should be relatively easy. Let her know that you are proud of her. Say things like, “I am very proud of you.” You don’t have to do this for every good thing she does, but let her know that you see how much of a good job she's doing.
3. Turn off the Television at Dinnertime
This is something that we tend to forget. When eating as a family you can stay up to date on what's going on. Everything is out in the open and you get to enjoy a meal together instead of everyone eating in different places in the house. The benefits of this are amazing! You may even learn things about your children you didn’t know. Having the television running is just a huge distraction.
4. Play Games
Playing games together is so much fun. You will definitely get a good laugh. This allows you to spend time together. If you have kids like mine, you will appreciate the somewhat quiet time this allows. My children fight over things constantly. When there is a game being played or even puzzles being put together, everything is so much more peaceful!