Quick and Easy Tips for Communicating with your Child
 
Uphold eye contact
 
Eliminate distractions
 
Work through one problem at a time
 
Be understanding, not judgmental
 
Refrain from lecturing 
 
Avoid making interruptions
 
Make suggestions, but do not necessarily tell your child what to do
 
Use "I" statements
 
Communicate with creative expression 
 
Refrain from correcting grammar during conversation
 
Communicate the positive
 
Recognize and accept your child's emotions
 
Pay attention to your child's body language and tone of voice
 
Let your child know you are there for him/her
 
Try to plan talking to your children early in the evening so you are not tired
 
Do not ask why, ask what
 
Help your child come to his/her own realization of his/her problem
 
Do not use put downs
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