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Naturally, we all want to raise happy and healthy kids. However, we all know that communicating with children includes more than just talking to them.

At some point, every parent would welcome help or useful advice on dealing with common parenting challenges and problems. So, let’s try to learn to communicate effectively.

Communication with children

It is essential that what you say gets through to your kids, and you should make sure they really understand what you are saying. In order to have truly effective communication, there has to be an exchange of thoughts, ideas, and feelings from one mind to another. The greatest amount of stress on the lines of communication between parents and their children come during the period of their adolescence, also known as the teen years. Numerous things go into establishing and keeping the lines of communication operating properly. Before a baby can understand speech, parents must communicate to it feelings of security and love. If this continues as the child grows, then it will help strengthen the lines of communication between you and your kids. Of course, we all know this is not easy. One thing that you must do at a young age is encourage your child to be expressive, a very important factor of a happy life.

Children have a need to learn and they crave the attention and time of their parents. A child may burst into the room and excitedly begin relating some event to his father or mother. If we cut the child off with an irritated voice or make some other angry expression, their enthusiasm will be crushed. Childish chatter may not seem to convey much, but by encouraging natural expression from your children, you may prevent them later in life from keeping to themselves things that you want and need to know. Politeness and courtesy contribute to good and effective communication with your kids.

In order for children to learn to be polite, their parents have to set a good example first. Once they see parents as a good example, they will probably follow it.  However, if children are habitually cut off, or continually corrected and ridiculed by their parents, they are more likely to become withdrawn. They are also likely to go and talk to someone else about their problem. As your child grows older this will become more common, especially in their teenage years.

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