Effective Communication Techniques

Effective Communication Techniques are skills that can be achieved in course of time through conscious practice. You cannot communicate effectively if you do not listen. Again, listening is an art. To develop listening skills means you need to listen from the beginning to the end and not sifting information.

You adolescent child is not a matured kid and remember that adolescence is a very sensitive age. You have to play a very active role to help your child grow into a responsible adult. I have mentioned few techniques here which has worked in handling my cousins and other adolescents in my area

Effective communication Techniques:

  • Maintain a pleasant attitude. Your adolescent kid should feel that my mom is my best friend; my dad is my best friend
  • Both the parents should listen carefully to what their kid has to tell them
  • Restrain your judgment while you listen to your kid
  • Don’t express your opinion until your child has vented his anger or expressed his feelings or mind. Anger is infectious. You tend to get angry when you see your child is fuming at something or someone and you don’t approve of it
  • After your kid has cooled down start explaining why he should not have done that and what are the consequences of such behavior
  • Tell him/her that you too do not approve of such behavior and finally set guidelines, which he should follow but do not criticize, or call names or spank him/her
  • Praise him for all his achievements and praise encourages children to do well
  • Have a positive attitude towards your child’s activities. Participate in all that your kid does if it is possible
  • Find time to spend with your child, as this would deepen the bond between you and your child
  • Be kind and gentle to your kids. Console them when they are hurt. Emotional support does wonder to any human being so empathise with your kid
  • Ask questions to assure your kid that you are listening
  • When your child is wrong and has understood his mistakes, help him/her make rules that would prevent him/her from making any mistakes further. This helps children to make decisions gradually
  • Monitor your child’s activities, and find out with whom s/he is spending time as this would help you prevent your child from losing track in life. Restrict your child’s movements by directing him into constructive activities if you find that’s/he is in wrong company. Communicate with as much love and affection you can and also don’t forget to warn him/her of the consequences if they fail to do what they should do. Do not threaten your kids of punishments, which can’t be meted out by you to them.
  • Finally don’t ram down your own ideas on your child, always remember that your child belongs to a different decade