The power of talking sideways to children

ood family communication is the key to successful parenting at all stages, but it’s not always easy. We all know the advice about getting down to a toddler’s tantrumming level, offering a stroppy six-year-old a non-judgmental ear and giving a tired teenager peace to think and a cup of tea after a tough exam, but constant low-level approachability is hard to get right. There’s also a temptation to believe it’s about getting your children to listen to you, when in reality it’s just as important for you to listen to them.

Read more in The Guardian

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