Lake Norman Woman Magazine September 2022

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Be Present

This means you must stop what you are doing and really hear your child. Try not to criticize or question their point of view but simply engage in questions and conversation so they feel that you are there for them—not to parent but to support.

Soften Your Replies It is human nature to guide your child or disagree with their thought process, but kids will tune you out if you respond with criticism or negativity.

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Schedule Time

Set some time aside each week to converse with your child. Perhaps schedule a parent/child date night so that you can have some one-on-one time.

Respect Your Child

Express interest in what they are saying without being intrusive, and let them complete their train of thought before you reply. Focus on your child’s feelings rather than your own.

Don’t Be a Right Fighter

You can agree to disagree and let them know you value their opinions. Having open, intelligent debates fosters mutual respect and arms them with valuable skills for the adult world. w

For more information on building a strong parent/child relationship, visit www.psychologytoday.com

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