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    6 Communication Don’ts for Parents

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    Six Communication Donot For Parents

    Update: This article was last updated on 15th May  2024 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.

    Communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship, and for parents, mastering effective communication is crucial in fostering a healthy connection with their children. Whether conveyed through spoken words or nonverbal cues, the purpose of communication is to ensure that the intended message is not only delivered but also comprehended. In this article, we'll explore the significance of communication for parents and highlight key "Communication Don'ts" to steer clear of, ensuring a harmonious parent-child relationship.

    The parent-child communication has to be clear and impactful because here one of the parties involved is not an adult. I am sure all parents know the importance of communicating with their children, but what many don’t realize is that communication is not always positive. Communication can also be negative, effective, or ineffective. Aaron Goldman aptly said, “Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.

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    So, here is the list of 6 communication don’ts for parents that they should avoid when interacting with their children.

    1. Nagging and Preaching

    Nagging PreachingImage source: Our little Playnest

    Nagging about something will not yield a positive effect. It can backfire. Repeating the same thing will make your child lose interest in what you are saying. Similarly, preaching can be a negative or ineffective way of communicating with your child. To keep the communication effective and positive, tell them what you want to say in short, or instead of nagging or preaching, use a consequence such as a time-out or no playtime for a day.

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    2. Mocking, Teasing, or Sarcasm

    Mocking Teasing Or SarcasmImage source:Ksl.com

    Parents should avoid mocking or teasing their children if they want to communicate effectively. You don’t want your child to feel belittled by you, out of all the people. 

    Avoid sarcasm because it completely goes to waste, as many children do not understand sarcasm at a young age. If they do, it hurts their feelings. So, watch your tone while communicating with children.

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    3. Criticizing

    CriticizingImage source:parenting for brain

    As a parent, it is important to remember that you should never, and I mean never, criticize your child, their ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. Criticizing can result in lowered self-worth, which can have a negative impact if it sets in. Politely reason with them with facts and examples instead of criticizing them.

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    4. Dwelling on the Past

    Dwelling On The PastImage source: From The Experts’ Mouth (FTEM)

    Once an issue has been resolved, ensure that you do not bring it up again. Each time your child makes a mistake, or you want to put your message across, bringing up their old mistakes is not the solution. If anything, it is going to have an adverse effect, as the child may think that whatever they do or however they try to change, the mistakes of their past will always be remembered. It can demotivate them. Let children know that they start afresh after an issue is resolved and never mention it again. 

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    5. Interrupting

    InterruptingImage source: babycentre

    When your child is communicating with you, let them finish what they want to say. It is called being polite and should be followed not only with adults but with children as well. Let the child put their message across. You can talk once they are finished. If you keep interrupting when your child is speaking, they will lose the need to come to you and may stop communicating altogether. In Ernest Hemingway’s words, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Nobody wants to be a parent who doesn’t listen to their children.

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    6. Using Threats

    Using ThreatsImage source: Modern Parenting

    As a parent, you may think that threats can help you get your child to listen, but that is not true. It may work a few times. However, if you threaten your child frequently, it is going to have a conflicting effect. Using threats towards your child can make them feel helpless and can lead to a feeling of antipathy towards their parents. 

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    Graph DataThis is a graphical representation of data on the Percentage of parents with concerns about children’s communication functioning provided by Researchgate.

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    Conclusion:

    For parent-child communication, steer clear of these “Communication Don’ts for Parents.” By doing so, parents can create an environment where open dialogue flourishes, understanding deepens, and the family unit thrives. If you don’t pay attention, negative or ineffective communication can make them feel ignored or unwanted, and it can lead to a lot of misunderstandings. 

    Remember, effective communication is a continual process, and by being mindful of these pitfalls, parents can build lasting connections with their children.

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    Rahul
    Rahul
    3 years ago

    You should never ever blame your kids for anything wrong they do. Blaming them causes emotional damage and a negative impact on their minds.

    elena
    elena
    3 years ago

    Talking to your kids negatively can lead children to believe that they are unimportant, unheard, or misunderstood.

    sonali sharma
    sonali sharma
    3 months ago
    Reply to  elena

    Such children may also come to see their parents as unhelpful and untrustworthy.

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