In this section, you will learn how to effectively demonstrate positive communication techniques.

The learning objectives for this section are as follows:

  • Describe your personal approaches for communicating with your children.
  • Describe ways to improve your methods for communicating with your children.
  • Identify important considerations when discussing difficult topics with your children.
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Communicating with your child can be challenging, especially when you have emotional and physical challenges.

Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

Select the Play Button to review Matt and Crystal talking about emotional challenges in the home.

Communication is the key to successful relationships.

Positive communication with your child will help them develop confidence, self-esteem, and healthy relationships.

Select the Play Button to watch Matt and his family talk about communication challenges.

Select the Learn More Button for more information on reintegrating with your family.

In order to begin practicing positive communications, you must understand the steps in the process:

  • Step 1: Know your communication style.
  • Step 2: Devise ways to manage your stress levels.
  • Step 3: Set appropriate expectations for your child(ren), based on their age.

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Here are a few communication strategies you can use at home that can lead to positive interactions with your child:

  • Active Listening
  • Expressing your love
  • Giving positive reinforcement
  • Supporting your child

Select the Play Button to hear how Edwin learned to communicate with each of his daughters upon returning home, based on their age and individual personality.

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Another important part of positive parent-child communications is to talk openly about difficult topics.

Before you can have the difficult conversations, you have to know and understand your communication style.

Select the Play Button to observe how Edwin and his wife complement each other with their communication styles.

Select the Learn More Button to review useful strategies for talking with your children about difficult topics.

Summary and Conclusion

Engaging in positive communication strategies with your child(ren) is a process and will take some time. You can expect some bumps in the road, as well as great joy, in having a close relationship with your child again.

The key is to make the effort to improve communications within your home and help your family stay strong together.

Feel free to download and use these Tip Sheets as you continue to reconnect with your family.