Communicating with children

Parents can always learn better techniques to communicate with their children.

Effective communication with children needs to be both specific and descriptive.

Communicating with children

She came into my consulting room with her five-year-old son, who headed straight for the toy box. But before he could reach it, she bellowed at him, “Don’t you make a mess of those toys!”

Over the next 15 minutes, she must have shouted at her son every 30 seconds or so, and about everything you could possibly imagine.

She mostly communicated via commands (“do this”, “do that”, “don’t do this” and “don’t do that”) but there were a few more pointed messages, including