As children get older they begin to spend more time with friends and less time with parents. Students share information, problems and successes with peers and rarely speak with their parents. Sometimes parents are the last to know that their children are being bullied, having difficulties with school work, making friends or getting along. They wonder why their children do not share information, problems or successes with them. Generally parents and children want the same thing. They want to be happy, they want to be liked and they want to be successful. Why don’t parents communicate with their children? Often parents do not know how to communicate with their children. Children who have good relations and open communication with their parents usually get better grades, have friends, are less likely to bully or be bullied and get along overall better in school. Here are 7 ways to get your child to talk with you.
- Be available to speak with your child.
- Keep the lines of communication open with your child.
- Choose a time when your child is open to talking.
- Turn off all TVs, videos, radios, cell phones, computers and all electronics.
- Have family meetings.
- Ask your child, what are your concerns and what do you want me to do?
- Be sure there is a positive outcome for the child no matter the problem.