Bridging the Gap: Building an unbreakable bond with your child

 

 

Do you find communication with your child challenging?

Do you find it difficult to make them open up?

Do you think there might be things going on in their lives that you’re not aware of and it gives you the ick?

 

You’re not alone!

 

According to research conducted in 2018 by SWNS in the USA, 71% of parents cannot communicate effectively with their children. Only 10% found communication smooth and the rest were not sure!

 

 

Effective Listening

If we take it from an academic perspective, speaking is a productive skill, and any productive skill is based on a receptive skill. Speaking is based on listening. As a parent you set the role model, even if you don’t believe it and even if your child says or acts otherwise.

For your child to speak to you, he must get used to listening to you speaking first.

But how do we speak to our children?

Giving instructions, giving advice or giving orders aren’t considered “speaking” in this sense.

You need to speak to your children on the topics you want them to speak to you about.

If you want them to tell you about their day at school, tell them about your day at work or at home. If you want them to tell you about their friends, start by telling them about your friends, and not superficially, go deep, as deep as you want them to go in their conversation with you. You want them to tell you their secrets, tell them a secret or two about yourself that they didn’t know.

Asking Questions

Asking questions is a talent. The tone of voice and the way you ask the question play a vital role in the conversation. Make sure that your tone is warm not sharp. Warm tone creates a safe space while sharp tone creates a sense of accusation.

Make sure you’re not interrogating your child. Let the conversation flow. When you ask a question, try to use an open-ended question not a yes/no question in order to keep the conversation going. Allow them to ask you questions too and make sure to answer. Be honest, kids get it when we lie and it will be a green light for them to lie too.

When you ask a question, let them answer without interruption even if you don’t like what they’re saying. You will have time to comment and correct their thoughts or behaviour later.

A few tips from our expert Sama El Batrawy

Are you an active listener ? Click on this video and find out

 

For more tips on active listening watch this video

Still need more tips on how to communicate with your children?

 

Make sure to attend our workshop in February. For now place you interest here events@homeawayfromhome.gr 

 

 

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