Improving Communication

Make time every day to have conversations with your child. Build a special time into your schedule during dinner, before bed or in the car to ask about their day. If you are able to build this into your daily routine, you are create an reliable, safe space for your child to share their celebrations and struggles.

How to support your child's communication skills

    • Strategies to support children ages 0-3

This resource provides strategies to help parents and caregivers support the development of communications skills in young children.

Show your child you're listening

    • Strategies to support children ages 3-18

Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk — for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car — and be available.

Conversation Starters

    • Strategies to support children ages 3-18 item

When you communicate well with your child, it leads to a strong relationship, greater cooperation, and feelings of worth. When communication is a struggle, it can lead to your child switching off, conflict and feelings of worthlessness.

Ways to show empathy

    • Strategies to support children ages 3-18

Healthy communication with your child is one of the most important and rewarding skills that you can develop as a parent. It also makes the tough parts of parenting (such as disciplining your child) much easier and more effective.