IF YOU'RE A BUSY PARENT and WANT YOUR KIDS TO CONFIDE IN YOU, but don't know how, watch today's brief video. Here's why:
Not having time for kids to share their thoughts or answer their questions can shut them down. When you're too busy too often and you want to change, try this parenting solution:
Listen to all of what he is saying. Be silent. (Did you know silent and listen include the same letters?)
When he's finished, ask questions to be sure you understand. Don't jump to conclusions or immediately say what you think.
Here are some questions you might ask:
- Would you explain it a little more?
- How do you feel about it?
- How is it affecting your life?
- What do you think you should do?
- How can I help?
Questions like these show kids you're really interested in their thoughts, opinions, and feelings. They show you care. When kids know parents care they just might confide in them more.
This doesn't mean you should be overly intrusive, take over, or do what children could do for themselves. Such parenting behavior could shut kids down even more.
One more thing, you could say after kids share their thoughts, "I'd like time to think about what you said. Let's talk about it a little later." Don't forget to make it happen. It lets kids know you take their concerns seriously. It gives them more time to think too.
Feel free to copy the transcript below the video and start practicing the parenting tips you need. Your children just might confide you even more. How great is that?
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