Communication

Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 4:

Communication

The most pro­found and effec­tive change you can make is to become an active lis­tener. Active lis­ten­ing will improve your rela­tion­ship with your chil­dren as well as every­one you choose to lis­ten empa­thet­i­cally to. It means you not only lis­ten but you respond in a way that shows no judg­ment, no attempt to solve and no attempt to make the sit­u­a­tion into a les­son. When you respond to your child with your opin­ion, judg­ment or a les­son you reduce their moti­va­tion to tell you things. Open com­mu­ni­ca­tion is crit­i­cal. There are other oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­ent our chil­dren and guide them. Choose those times wisely so your child will learn to respect what you say and truly lis­ten.

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