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