The key to a healthy relationship between parents and children is listening and talking, explains the American Psychological Association (APA). We all want a strong bond with our children, which is why it’s very important to learn the best ways to communicate and connect with them. Be a better parent by being a better listener and communicator.
Here we present some behaviors you should avoid when talking with your children:
1. You say too much.
First of all, small children can only comprehend a specific amount of information at a time. Long sentences, conversations about too many things, and long words can go over a child’s head, explains language and speech pathologist Lauren Lowry.
The first step for effective communication, in which the child is capable of understanding and digesting what you’re telling them, is to pause and find out the best way of communicating with your child. Avoid babbling. Be concise and strategic. You’ll notice a big difference.
2. You shout and use bad words.
Keeping your cool is tough, but it’s very important when it comes to disciplining your children. A study involving more than 900 families, published in the journal “Child Development,” discovered that very strong verbal discipline from parents had a significant negative effect on kids.