The Art of Communicating with our Kids
The second stage of childhood which spans between the ages of 5 and 12 holds several physical, emotional, and mental changes for children. These changes are bound to affect their life both in adolescence and adulthood. So how can we be of support to them throughout this stage?
In order to help our children adapt to the changes and make the most out of these remarkable and confusing years of their lives, we need to get to know them more. This can be done by establishing a solid and effective way of communication that brings us mothers closer to them, so we become their trust-worthy friends during adolescence and adulthood.
How should we talk to our kids during their pre-teen years?
It’s no surprise that teenagers rarely communicate well with their mothers, their parents, or any adults around them. However, this article aims to help us develop the “art” of communication with our children while they are still in the second stage of childhood.
Here are some tips:
- Clear out any differences of opinion you have with one another, and make sure he/she understands your point of view just as well as you understand his/hers.
- Talk about things that spark your child’s interest. They will feel appreciated when we ask questions and listen to them.
- Let the conversation happen naturally. Children in their pre-teen years do not open up and talk about how they feel upon request, but rather, they do so when they feel like it.
- Address your child with kindness and respect, because the tone of voice we use when talking to our children will play a big role in the way they speak to others in the long run.
Last but not least, remember that there is no magic recipe that will help us teach our children healthy and sound communication skills overnight. Patience is key here.
Tell us what you think of these tips and feel free to add to the list in the comments section below.