“Pick it up.”
“Put it back.”
And of course, “Are you listening to me?”
Communication with kids doesn’t always feel like a two way street. You talk and talk and talk and feel like you’re shouting into the void even when the small person whose attention you’re trying to get (and keep) is standing right there in front of you.
No wonder we end up yelling even when we really really don’t want to be yelling.
What’s going on? And what can we do about it?
Our upcoming parenting workshop, Why Your Kids Don’t Listen, gives you the lowdown on being a better communicator with your kids. I’m a counselor committed to supporting families and my goal is to help parents foster better connection with their children — that connection starts with great communication.
First we’ll look at what’s happening with our children. This will help us have more realistic expectations and get better at communicating at every stage of their lives. We know a lot more about kids’ brains than we used to and we’ll look at the ways neurological development impacts kids’ listening and understanding skills.
Next we’ll figure out what we can do better. We parents can unintentionally make it hard for our kids to hear us by talking too much or talking too little or just saying things in the wrong way. So we’ll get down to the nitty-gritty with real world strategies that work.
When you leave at the end of the evening you’ll have tools that you can start using right away.
The best news is that Columbus Birth & Parenting wants you to bring your partner or a friend for FREE! All you have to do is use the code DIAPERDRIVE at checkout and then bring a pack of diapers to class for their No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive. It’s that easy to get two registrations for the price of one and you’ll make a very real difference for struggling families in Franklin County.
Expect a relaxed, judgment-free atmosphere. We’ll have light refreshments on hand, too, because we want your night out without the kids to be both edifying and enjoyable.
Dawn Friedman MSEd LPCC is a therapist in private practice specializing in supporting families. She partners with Columbus Birth & Parenting to offer parent coaching for clients who want to have more fun and less frustration.