As parents, we wish we could be perfect, but we’re human. Understanding ways to improve and boost your relationship with your child is the key to creating an unbreakable bond. Remember that every interaction with your child is a form of communication.
Believe it or not, the tone of your voice, how you look at them, and how you show your love all convey messages to your child. We communicate with our children even without intending to. These small but impactful gestures shape their emotional development and influence how they build relationships with others.
Here are a few helpful parenting tips for communicating with your child to help you put your best foot forward.
Remember when you were young? It was almost like our parents were superheroes. We watched them move through life and never knew what was happening behind the scenes. We’re not suggesting you unload your stresses onto your child; however, being transparent and offering real reactions is a great way to build trust. Showing genuine responses will help your child feel more comfortable sharing things with you!
This is especially important for parents of autistic children. Being transparent and straightforward with your emotions or a change in plans while acknowledging their feelings will build trust between you and your child with autism, strengthening your relationship.
Encourage Healthy Expression
We encourage our kids to focus on academics and hobbies; you should also promote emotional literacy. Articulating how an experience made them feel is essential for emotional development. This will also boost their problem-solving skills and help them find healthy ways to express their feelings.
Remember To Speak Clearly
When talking to our children, we might speak to them as if they’re our friends. While we love our kiddos and want them to be our friends, it is important to use understandable and age-appropriate language. Be clear and set a positive example for your children. Remember, communication can be verbal and non-verbal—your body language counts, too!
Practice Active and Reflective Listening
Another helpful tip for improving communication with your child is practicing active and reflective listening. Actively listening while your child tells a story will help them feel understood. Affirming nods or smiling to convey your engagement in the conversation will show them you care and exemplify active listening.
Reflective listening means you repeat what your child says to you in your own words or you follow their statement with a question. This will show you’re actively listening and will open space for them to reflect and express their emotions.