Good communication in parenting is a very important aspect in ensuring that the children grow up to be respectable members of the society. This is important in creating a healthy and rewarding parent to child relationship. Parenting communications therefore calls for good and effective communication skills and techniques. Here are some parenting tips that can be used in the communication process;
Encourage regular and frequent communication with your child. Use both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques ensuring that there is open and free flowing exchange and sharing with the child.
Devise exciting communication tools such as pictures and drawings to encourage the child into expressing ideas.
Always be polite, attentive and non-interruptive when a child is talking to you. Turn off the radio or television, put down the novel or newspaper when the child wants to talk to you.
Use effective communication techniques such as prompting and probing to encourage the child into talking more, rather than asking straight questions. This will make the child take control of the discussion. Let her use the language that she feels comfortable in.
Avoid creating embarrassing communication scenes for the child in front of other people by openly criticizing her or making her feel silly. Do not call her names or use descriptions such as stupid, naughty and such.
Work on improving the child’s interpersonal communication skills by encouraging her to talk freely with all the family members and friends. Notice any signs of inability of the child’s involvement in social communications in the family setup. Involve her in the talk such as during the family dinner on exciting topics relevant to her situation.
Always give informational parent advice and standpoint in issues you consider you have expertise or experience on. Stand by that and let this decision be respected.
Notice any use of indecent or “bad” language in your child and work against that. Exercise good communication training to your child by correcting her when she makes linguistic or communicative mistakes.
Give your child her space when she is talking with her peers. Give her the required attention when she wants to speak with you privately. Notice very fast when a situation calls for private communication with your child and respect this.
Benefit from tips from other communication styles such as business communications, you may demand an apology letter from your teenage child in lieu of mistakes done. This will aid her writing and communication skills.
Stock your small home library with parenting books, which you can consult and refer to for tips in communicating with your child.
Work to reduce communication barriers with your child. Let the child feel free when talking to you, encourage this by regular compliments and rewards. Avoid snapping on her or rude oral outbursts against your child. If you are angry with her or something, cool down first and later talk to her against something you consider bad.
Encourage a reading and listening culture in your children by encouraging them to write or recite written poems within the house. You can also take part by telling stories to them.
Good parenting communications will therefore create and nurture a positive and healthy parent-child relationship. This relationship will lead to boosting the children’s self esteem that will create mutual respect between the children and the parents. Good family and parenting communications in the long run will establish firm grounds for the success of the family in all other issues and areas.