Health Tip: Communicating With Kids
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Make sure you have time to listen
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Communicating with your children can be a challenge, but there are things you can do to start the dialog.
The American Psychological Association offers these tips to help parents talk with their kids:
- Make yourself available when your child is most willing to talk, whether it's at bedtime, in the car or before dinner.
- Initiate the conversation to help your child recognize that you're interested in what's happening in his/her life.
- Each week, schedule time for a one-on-one activity with your child, and don't allow interruptions.
- Take an interest in things your child likes.
- Instead of starting the conversation with a question, share what's been on your mind.
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