Child development expert Dr Rosina McAlpine shows how to boost your child’s confidence and beat the back-to-school stress.
STEP 1: Use Actions Not Words
How often have you said, “Not now, I’m on the phone” or “I’m too busy”?
“Most parents are very busy, which adds to the stress of dealing with children,” Dr Rosina McAlpine says. “But how would you feel if someone talked to you that way? It’s important to let your kids know you value their opinions as much as anyone else’s” Instead of hurting your child’s feelings, try these solutions
On the phone Ask the person to hold, then say to your child “I’m very interested in what you have to say but I can’t talk now. I’ll be off the phone in ten minutes and we’ll talk then.”
When busy “Sorry darling I’m busy doing something for work. Let’s talk about it at dinner.”