How To Talk The Talk

parent-child relationship

The Importance of Communicating With Your Child

From birth to the age of five, children form all sorts of new brain connections (called synapses) as a result of learned behavior. These formative years are crucial and parents are a big part of it. We give our children their first glimpses into the world of right and wrong, love and hate, body language, emotions and so much more. The parent-child relationship is one of the most influential relationships in a person’s life.

Even when you think they are not noticing you, they are watching and drinking it all in. We often forget this, which is why we are so surprised when teachers and other authority inform us of some of the behaviors of our child.

Five Ways to Start Conversations with Your Child

1. Bond over a shared activity – Young children are very visual learners. Choose an activity that not only teaches them something but also gives you time to actually communicate with one another. Consider cooking with your child one night a week or engaging in a hobby together.

2. Discuss family matters – It is not uncommon for parents to walk around the house as if they are the only two there. Kids can go unnoticed except for the fulfillment of their needs. Hold a family meeting and let everyone talk. Also, when they are old enough, talk about finances, household chores, and expectations.

3. Watch the news – Kids are concerned about what is going on around them too. They may have worries or questions. Watch a nightly news program which can then lead into discussing those concerns and answering their questions.…