Here are some strategies for promoting good communication with your children and an atmosphere to help them thrive:
- Teach children at an early age that they should trust their feelings, they have the right to say know to what they sense is wrong, & they should not keep secrets from their parents.
- Remind them how much they're loved with hugs, words and gestures appropriate from a parent.
- Listen, really listen to your children.
- Build confidence and self-esteem in your children by "catching" them being good. Look for situations to say "congratulations," "way to go" or "good job."
- Support your children's involvement in extracurricular activities, sports and hobbies of their choice.
- Show interest in your children's schoolwork and activities
- Get to know your children's teachers and caregivers.
- Get to know your children's friends and their families.
- Respect an older child's need for privacy, but don't ignore the continued need for parental supervision and involvement.
- If you're overwhelmed by a family problem, seek the assistance of a trained counselor or clergy person.
Information compiled by the Violence & Injury Prevention Program, including information taken from the state of CT Dept. of Children & Families