Tips on Talking and Influencing Your Kids
It is usually frustrating to parents when you talk to your kids, but it seems words get into one ear and out of the other. 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. How you talk to a kid is not the same way one a parent would speak to a fellow grownup; therefore, you will need to work on communication, to do it 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. So, by the time they are two years old, they will can talk to other people using 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.
Another key thing is that you should always address your little one by name whenever you are talking or doing anything with them. 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.
It is common for parents to say do as I say and not focusing on what they may be doing that their children are noticing. 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?