Better communication with your child

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Parents know first-hand getting your child to open up to you can be very challenging.

Dr. Ron Taffel is a therapist who recently published tips, in Time magazine, to assist with communication.

He says try talking during the “in-between” time such as walking or driving to school, bath time, or bedtime. Parents and children are often side-by-side during these moments, which can make kids feel more comfortable sharing details.

Pay attention and ask questions, it will help them learn to communicate. Say things like “so what did he say then?” or “what happened next?”

You can also lead by example. Share your day. Discussing a story in an age-appropriate way may get your child to open up about a similar experience.

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