Get to know your children through better listening

Take an interest in what your children are interested in. Ask questions and respond to their answers to show that you are listening.

  • Ask questions about their favourite websites and about their friends
  • Listen even when you are afraid to hear what they want to tell you
  • Don’t solve, criticise or judge

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Encourage problem-solving skills and open-mindedness

Make a habit of not answering your child’s questions directly – rather, help them to work out the answer for themselves or learn where to go for further information.

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Offer freedom with boundaries

As parents, you need to balance the need to keep your children safe with the impetus to encourage them to try new things and to learn about their world.