Checking your own communication behaviors with your children - Families

Checking your own communication behaviors with your children

Leslie Shore | Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:43 am

When my two brothers and I were in elementary school, our family always ate weekday dinners together. Everyone in the family had a chance to talk about problems, successes and minutia of the day. My parents insisted that if we wanted to be listened to, we had to listen to everyone else, including them. My parents created an environment conducive to sincere communication. They knew that if they wanted their children to listen to them, they needed to listen to us.

By 6 years old, your child is already copying how you communicate. If you communicate with others respectfully, and listen for understanding (not to advise or prescribe), then your child will copy that behavior.

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