Tips on Talking and Influencing Your Kids
It is not a good feeling for parents when you find that kids are not taking what you say seriously or ignore what you say. Whether your children are in their early stages or are in their teenage years, having them listen to what you are saying can surely be one of the most overwhelming tasks a parent has to handle. Understanding the way to talk to children and have the listen is a skill that you should polish if at all you desire to have good communication with them. Talking to your little ones is entirely different from when talking to an adult; and there is a need for you to strive on learning how to communicate with the kids effectively. We have outlined a few tips beneath on how you should relate to your kids so that they will be listening and most importantly be influenced by it.
A normal toddler understands around 20 to 50 words in their first 18 months. And, by the time the child is his or her second year in this world, your little one should be able to dialog by approximately 300 words. It might be daunting to have a decent conservation at such an early stage but, it is advisable that you keep on trying. Children in their early years tend to talk; thus you should make the most use of the opportunity and have conversations with them as often as possible from an early age. The reason for that is to have an enabling environment to develop a healthy bond, where you can teach your children new vocabularies and mannerisms as well as setting the tone from an early age.
Furthermore, you as a parent should be addressing your kids by their name whenever you are with them; whether conversing or working together on something. Doing so will show that you respect them and it is a great trick to catch the attention of someone. You can use their name before speaking to them, and that will subconsciously trigger their awareness and know that you want them to listen to what you are about to say.
You have probably come across the phrase do as I say when growing up from your parents and chances are you say that to your kids not forgetting what you do in front of them is important as well. Here is where the problem starts; parents will not allow children to eat junk before meals only to eat the junk food before the meals. Your kids will have a tough time identifying where the truth lies, is it what you say or what you do?