Listening to your child

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:48 pm
Most experts agree that communication is essential to formulating a good relationship between parents and children. Parents can only a child they're aware of the problems being faced. However, children are unlikely to approach their parents, if they believe they'll be judged harshly or unfairly. Parents should attempt to make their children feel comfortable talking about any subject. When this is accomplished at an early age, it can have a number of benefits as the child gets older. Teenagers face a number of decisions that can have serious consequences in their lives. Often teens aren't psychologically or emotionally mature enough to handle these decisions by themselves, and they depend on others to help them. When teens perceive their parents as unapproachable, they're likely to turn to their peers for advice. Parents should listen to their teen, even if they don't agree with what's being said. This gives teenagers an opportunity to make their case, and provides parents with useful information from which they can frame an appropriate response. In addition, when parents listen, discuss, and compromise with their children, a healthy relationship of honesty, trust, understanding, and mutual respect is likely to develop. For more information, consult a health care professional in your area.

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