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How To Keep An Open Line Of Communication With Your Child

How To Keep An Open Line Of Communication With Your Child

Jayne Major, Ph.D. (Parenting Educator & Child Custody Consultant, Breakthrough Parenting Services, Inc. ) gives expert video advice on: How do I keep an "open line" of communication with my child?

How do I keep an "open line" of communication with my child?

If parents want to keep an open line of communication with their children, they'll do just what I'm about to explain. The parents will be respectful, they will listen receptively and they will use statement sentences. This way the child will chatter away. The reason that children don't communicate well with their parents and don't keep an open line of communication is if they don't feel respected, they don't trust their parents and they're afraid that they're going to be punished if they tell the parent what is really going on with them. They don't feel accepted, they don't feel adequately loved and they don't feel loved unconditionally. A child who knows that they are loved unconditionally no matter what they do, will keep an open line of communication with their parents. The parent will always love the child; they may become very angry at bad behavior but the behavior doesn't mean that they stop loving the child. The one thing this child can count on is that the parent will love them, no matter what. When that exists, you will not have trouble with open line communication.