- Building meaningful Communication
Be an Empathetic & Active Listener. Be vulnerable to express your weakness. This is very important to have a true conversation with child, making them feel safe to open up. Always make them feel, you are genuinely listening. This will help child to expresses without any hesitation and safe to share deeply if any mistakes done without fearing about any consequences. It may prevent frustration & future miscommunication. Showing your child that you are not perfect and can make mistakes will instill a sense of safety in your relationship and the relationships that they will develop with other people.
2. Creative Talking about everyday happening with child
If child is willing to talk, ask open-ended questions, which start with,” What” and “tell me about…” to show to be more eager to explore about his/her life. Sometimes child may enjoy answering. Child is most likely to open up when we ask questions in a casual non-judgmental tone. Here are some examples which can be used as per the context /situation:
“Tell me what you enjoyed the most today?”
“What are your thoughts on (any random topic)?”
“What were some situations that were frustrating this week?”
3. Sharing your feelings like anger, frustration, fear, and anxiety in healthy ways.
We all know child is learning from parents & people around. Most of time, they are mirroring our actions, facial expressions, and how we manage our feelings.
So let us learn few healthy ways to express our frustrations and bad moods. As children are learning and picking up same energy.
- When we listen to someone’s problems, it acts like a healing—process which reduces stress, physical and emotional distress.
- Encourage fathers to write about their stressful issues.
- If your child doesn’t enjoy writing, help him or her find a creative way of expressing them like making a private video, audio recorded journal, or any form of art.
Remember, our past relationships influence and affect the relationships that we create with our partner, friends, and children.
Rekha Vaghela is a founder of Rekha V Academy enabling Parents & Professionals to manage behavioural dynamics in different areas of life. Post her PG in HR, she had corporate experience of 14 years. Since 2015, She is offering services as Certified Parenting Coach & Behavioral Counsellor. Currently she is also associated with an MNC Welness Application TaskHuman as Parenting Coach.
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