Enjoy this week’s guest post about building better parenting skills. Parenting is truly the most difficult journey. We all sometimes need a quick reminder of what really matters!
At early stages in your parenthood, you undergo problems such as getting your child to preschool, buying the basic necessities or whether or not to put him in child care centers. However, one of the major struggles you need to start working on is the communication with your child. Aside from teaching your child the basic things like tying his shoelace or keeping his toys, you will eventually go to the stage where you will be teaching the more important things like morals and values. All these challenges revolve around a single thing called communication. This is why you have to know the secrets to getting your message across your kid.
Be there. It sounds so simple but quite hard to do, especially if you have a busy schedule. The technique is to set a time each day where you can spend with your child. After all, what’s the point of raising a child if you can’t be physically present?
Listen attentively. While you may be physically available, it is equally important to show interest to your child. As the adult, it is your responsibility to form conversations by asking questions such
as: How did your day went? Did you learn something? Be willing to teach whatever your child is curious about. It is typical for children to ask about different things around them and you are the person they look up to when they need the answers.
Show support. Anything your child undergoes needs a little acknowledgement. When he has done something good, congratulate him. Give comments on his grades. Show empathy when your child feels bad. Make sure he knows that you understand his feelings.
Observe actions. When speaking with your child, you can notice his actions, gestures, body language and whatnot. This will help you understand his behaviour and correct those that are wrong.
Be a role model. By showing your child good manners and behavior, you are communicating positive actions, which he will eventually follow. Be the person you want your son to be and that will surely result to effective communication.
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