Unraveling the Parent & Child Communication Struggle
Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. We somehow need to figure out how to keep these miniature humans fed, clothed, and alive while concurrently doing our best to shape them into well-rounded, productive members of society.
Parenthood is hard. Especially daunting is when something that seems simple – like communication – can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Ask any parent of a toddler who is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store, or a parent whose teenager makes a regular habit of stomping to their room and slamming the door after a heated discussion – being understood and understanding is hard. At these times we may not even be thinking that we need to decode what these young bodies and brains are trying to tell us, but if we build our communication toolbox, we can unravel the said and unsaid for meaningful communication that supports the child, the caregiver, and the relationship.
From toddlers to teens, it is possible to have open, meaningful discussions with our kids. It all begins with how we approach and respond to our children, especially when dealing with heightened emotions and difficult situations. With consistency, our children will find safety and comfort coming to us with their challenges and triumphs. For the full article:
Summer 2023 Response Unraveling the Parent/Child Communication Struggle Care and Compassion: – Issuu
Dr. Ramona Roberts
Executive Director- Caron Outpatient Treatment Center
Author: Making Sense of What Hasn’t Made Sense
Shannon Tissera- Master level intern- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine