Understanding Your Child
One of the most important things you should learn as a parent is understanding your child. Every child is different, and when parents understand their children, their development, needs, and uniqueness, their relationships with their children generally improve, resulting in less conflicts as children grow and mature. Here are some helpful tips for you to better understand your child!
To understand a child, you have to learn about their experiences—observation is key. Pay attention to their actions, expressions, and moods. Take time to understand and notice your child’s unique way of being in the world. Be sure to observe with curiosity and without judgment!
Quality Time Together
Meaningful connections are about quality of time, not quantity of time. If you want to understand your child, you need to ensure that time spent with your child is of high quality. You and your child could read a book, play a game, or just laugh and be silly together! Just be sure to turn off technology—show your child undivided attention and how important your time together is.
Talk (and listen too!)
Engaging in conversations with your child helps you to understand what is happening in their life. You could ask about their favourite song or cartoon character, or learn about their likes and dislikes. Pay attention to what they are trying to convey through verbal cues such as choice of words and intonation, and non-verbal cues like body language and expressions. Instead of asking questions that garner a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, ask questions which allow your child to share more. Most importantly, be sure that your child feels heard. Acknowledge, respond, and show that you are interested in the conversation.
Make Room for Imagination
Children express themselves in numerous ways. When your child expresses and interest, go with it! Try not to give directions, allow them to freely explore ideas and activities that help them to express themselves. When your child engages in activities such as drawing, acting, singing, or journaling, take their efforts seriously and show interest in their creations. Encourage your child to share about their creations by asking questions. Through these conversations, you may understand your child better.
Understand the Challenge
We understand that understanding your child is no easy feat. It takes time, effort, and patience. Always remember that the efforts that you make to understand your child will serve to develop them into healthy, happy adults!
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