Intimidating your children

(Example: "Sarah." Wait until she stops playing with the doll and looks at you.) Communication is more effective if both people are on the same level. It should show that you are serious and expect the child to comply.

Communicating positively with young children helps them develop confidence, feelings of self-worth, and good relationships with others.

It also helps make life with young children more pleasant for children and parents.

Making an effort to keep our promises to children increases the effectiveness of our communication.

Unkind words help to tear a child down and make the child feel bad.

Talking with children lets them know that not only do we have something to tell them, but that we are also willing to listen to what they have to say. However, if you are busy, do not pretend to listen. Share your feelings and ideas but accept the child's fears, ideas and feelings.

Tell the child, "I'm busy now, but we will talk about it later." Be sure to follow through with the child. Never promise the child anything that you cannot deliver. Many parents feel that parenting is a life sentence. This can take the form of emotional hostage taking, financial, interpersonal, physical, or spiritual. When we give birth to a child we have already made a commitment to sustain the life of this new being.The child that grows inside the mother has a home, food, shelter, and an identifiable place to be.Children can only concentrate on one thing at a time. A touch on the shoulder or taking her hand will help get her attention.Give her time to look at you before you start speaking.They are more likely to use courtesies if they are not constantly reminded. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.

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