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. Getting your kids to listen to you is one of the hardest things in parenthood, whether your children are adolescents or still young. Knowing how to influence your kids when you talk and get them to listen is an expertise that a parent needs to work on, if want to build effective communication between you and your children. Children have to be spoken to differently from how you would talk to an adult; hence it is essential to invest time in learning the skills. 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.
The typical infant by the time they are 18 months old, research indicate that at that time they understand at least 20 words and around 50 words at most. 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. Because kids normally love to talk when in their early years, talk use the moment to your benefit and start talking to them as much as you can. 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.
One thing that parents forget to focus on is what they do, and you will find that most of them will stress on kids doing what they say and not what they do. What they do not know is that the kids end up confused when parents deny them candy or junk, but they see parents doing it. Your kids will have a tough time identifying where the truth lies, is it what you say or what you do?