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Positive Family Communication

Kids can turn to their parent, guardian, or family member for advice and support. They have frequent, in-depth conversations with each other on a variety of topics. Parents, guardians, and family members are approachable and available when kids need to talk.

AT HOME - When your kids talk, really listen. Accept the fact that you won’t agree on everything. Never label a child’s opinions, beliefs, feelings or experiences “silly,” “stupid,” “childish,” or “wrong.”

Ask your kids every day about what they are doing and thinking. Tell them about your day too. Form the habit of frequent conversation.

FOR THE KIDS - Keep the lines of communication open with your parents. For most parents, giving advice is an irresistible urge. You might try explaining that sometimes all you really need them to do is listen while you sort things out. It’s normal for kids and parents to disagree. Try to stay calm, cool, and collected. Meanwhile, make an effort to see your parents’ point of view.

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