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Keeping the Lines Open Between Parent and Child

When parents communicate with children the same scenario often occurs. The child and the adult are on two different levels, therefore, the communication is not mutual, but largely one-sided. This poses a bigger challenge in a mutual understanding and is the root problem for many parent/ child interactions. Hoping to find a guide to communication between parents and kids, the adult will often turn to the Internet or even a counselor to find a tip in order to interact more effectively.

Talking to your children is essential when they are making the transition back to school. Communication between parent and child needs to be a three way street with the third spoke being the teacher who sees the child for much of the day. The parent needs to have established the rapport ahead of time that gives the child security in the conversation. The parent also needs to visit the child's instructor(s) to make sure that the teacher is willing to divulge anything the parent needs to know that happened while the child was in school. This link should not be overused, but talking to the teacher every couple of weeks will develop the relationship that is needed. Teachers are usually happy to see an involved parent. Laying this ground work ahead of time will prohibit any break downs in parent child effective communication.

Children will face many barriers as they enter the school year which involve being accepted or rejected by their peer group. Some children will be effective communicators and some will not. The important fact is that talking to your children and mimicking with your own attitude how effective communication works means that your child will be able to face hurdles with more confidence. Being self-assured during interactions starts with parent child effective communication which can only occur when the parent models good techniques. Children want to make friends and be able to join groups, but if they have never learned tips on how to do this from their parents, the process can be more difficult.

Any guide to communication between parents and kids has to include trust. Children learn most emotional life lessons before they are five and these lessons have to do with the shaping of their personality and the way that they will react to different situations. If a child has been taught, through direct communication from their parent or observing their behavior, that you are not to trust others, then this will show up in their communication skills. This doesn't mean that a child should not be taught to be wary of strangers, on the contrary. However, if the behavior you exhibit shows a child that you cannot be trusted, they will close down and not allow you to access what they are really feeling. That rapport and trust has to be developed from the time the child is born.

When a child goes to school parents prepare them in many ways so that they can be successful. There is no more important communication lesson for them to learn than the importance to be good communicators. Listen to what they say with honest interest and keep talking to your children.

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