Communication plays a vital role in the establishment of a healthy parent-child relationship. Different mental and physical changes occur as part of growing up and it is then when a child needs his parents the most. Adolescence comes with a lot of challenges and there may be certain unexpected behavioural reactions that a parent may notice in the child. It is, therefore, necessary to address those problems and be patient while encouraging the child to confide in you as their parent and friend. This can only happen when the communication gap is zero and there is a healthy exchange of emotions and expressions between both.
Some ways to foster communication are as follows.
1. Create an environment of friendliness at home.
2. Ensure your children that it is safe to confide in you and you won’t judge them for their problems, rather provide a piece of sincere advice.
3. Take a fixed time out from your schedule DAILY and spend it with your children where you might ask them about their day.
4. Take part in their activities.
5. Discuss your home matters with them and ask for their opinions. It will make them feel important at home.
6. Always be open to lending a helping hand and hearing ear whenever your children approach you.
7. Keep the distractions zero when listening to your child. Else they may feel neglected.
8. See if the child wants to talk to you in private or is comfortable with everyone around and do accordingly.
9. Keep your calm while talking to your child. If it is about confrontation or any matter that has made you low or angrier, regain your cool and then talk to them. Ask how did it happen instead of an immediate way.
10. Never embarrass the child, curse him or call him names like stupid, dumb, fool and stuff while holding a conversation with them.