Eight Tools to Improve Communication with your Children

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~ Peggy O’Mara

Communicating with our children isn’t always easy. Here are some practical tips to help you simplify your language and improve outcomes:

1. Notice instead of nagging.
"I see someone still in their pajamas."

2. Give information concisely.
"It's 5 minutes to breakfast."

3. Pose a question.
"What can you do to help get us out on time today?"

4. Write a note.
A sticky note on the mirror:
"Please brush me! Thanks your teeth."

5. Talk about your feelings.
"It feels great to get out of the house on time today. Thanks for helping make it happen."

6. Say it with ONE word.

7. Tell your child what YOU will be doing, not what THEY will be doing.
"I'm putting my coat on and heading to the car."

8. Encourage the 'needs of the situation.'
"We're out of the house on time. Now none of us will be late today!"

For more tips on how to communicate with your kids, register for our How to Talk so Kids will Listen workshop on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, at Swansea Town Hall. For more information and to register, see www.parenteducationnetwork.ca/parent-courses/upcoming-events

Contact the Parent Education Network on the web at www.parenteducationnetwork.ca, by phone at 416-255-8969, by email at parentednet@rogers.com, or follow us on Twitter @ParentEdNetwork or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parentednetwork.

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