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“Writing letters”

published 26/07/2004

Procan open up communication, spare awkwardness

Conscan cause awkwardness, not direct

I've always prided myself on being able to talk to my mother about nearly anything. Even now, as I'm about to go off to college as an almost 19 year old, I still talk to her constantly - at night, in the car, at the table, wherever. I'm very grateful to be able to talk to her so freely most of...

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Excellent

ProHelp children understand the dangers of life

ConsPerhaps may make them grow up too quickly

Communications with children is often harder than communications with adults; not because they do not understand you, but because they will often ask more questions. In my view there are several times when you will have to sit down with your children and have in-depth discussions: One of the...

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“Honesty is the best policy”

published 05/08/2001

ProTell the truth, that way you won't get caught out!

ConsLie and you'll get into more trouble!

I have been looking through some of the categories that I hadn’t even noticed before and I came across this one about communication between parents and children. I was reminded of an incident that happened when I was a teenager and still living at home with my parents, and I thought I would...

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Excellent

Progives an understanding on communication with your ...

Consignore at your peril

I write this to give the reader an idea of how a child of varying age groups may be expected to deal with the death of a close family member, it is not supposed to be a definitive account or guide, but this may help you recognise the behaviour that children may possibly display who are going...

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Excellent

“SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP”

published 18/07/2001

ProKEEPS ALL COMMUNICATION LEVELS OPEN. MORE OF AN OP...

ConsITS VERY HARD TO REMEMBER THAT YOUR CHILD IS FOLL...

SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN..NOW!!!!! How many of us talk to our children like this? I think most of us do some of the time, if not most of the time. Would we talk to a perfect stranger like this? No, so why is it we hold more respect for a stranger than our children? I for one, wish I could have more...

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“Happy Talk”

published 07/09/2001

Prochildren learn to communicate by copying others an...

Conscan drive you mad!

I saw something last week which I thought was very sad. A young girl was walking along pushing a toddler in a buggy. When I got closer I realised that the girl was wearing a walkman. The toddler was pointing to things and looking round and was being completely ignored. Children learn by imitation...

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“Holly And Jessica”

published 14/08/2002

ProIt Can Save Their Life

ConsIt's Hard To Get It Right

***** update due to recent information***** The following is a tribute to the strength and courage shown by Holly and Jessica's family. Hopefully it will open up questions on how we talk to our children about the dangers of the outside world. I would like us all to take a moment’s silence for the...

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Conssee text

There are many forms of communication with children, this opinion is just about one of them, attempting to prepare your child/ren for the big bad world. There are so many dangers out there and our children have to be made aware of them, talk to them now before it's too late. As a couple of my...

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Excellent

ProVery rewarding being a parent

ConsIt can be very hard sometimes

No one is a perfect parent, they don't come with directions and no one should think that their way is the only way. But it worries me when I see so many of the kids today growing up with what seems like no morals or values or discipline in there life. If I do two things as a parent, I hope I...

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Excellent

Prohappy child, never a dull moment

Consno time for mum, exhausting

My uncle came to visit us a few weekends ago. He is my father’s identical twin brother, which was more than a little confusing for my 21 month old daughter, who thought ‘Uncle Derek’ was just a new name for Granddad! During his stay we tried to think of things to do and show him that would also...

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ProMay help children appreciate that their point of v...

ConsNo right or wrong answers, each child reacts diffe...

I have been inspired to write my thoughts on this subject by an op in the same category by pagan, who wrote about how you would attempt to explain to children what had been happening in America with the terrorist bombings. As someone who left teaching in August, thankfully, I wasn’t in the...

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“I hope I don't do too bad”

published 01/07/2011

Protalking and listening

Consmight find out too much

Communicating with your child gets harder as they get older. I have 2 girls of different ages the eldest is 12 and in the first year of high school. The youngest is 4 and will start school in September; she is the easiest to communicate with. Although she is very opininated and knows her own mind...

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Excellent

Protalk openly and honestly and your child will appre...

Consdon't do baby talk, or lie, they'll catch you out ...

I can only write this as an ex-teacher and not a parent. How have both parents and teachers handled the situation in the US this past week? The inevitable questions…I heard on the radio that one 7-year-old boy asked his mother “Are we going to have a war mummy?” How would you...

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Proplenty

Consnone

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Communication~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ When a child is born his/her way of communicating is by: Crying and thats when you know your child neads you as there maybe something wrong with them like a nappy change, sore tummy, or he/she could just nead affection. Giggling means you...

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“Communication Tool”

published 27/10/2002

ProTalking is best, less time spent shouting, being a...

Consnone

I would like to share with you a communication tool that I have used in both my professional and private life! In my work as a youth worker and then a housing worker for a homeless project I have worked with some extremely vulnerable young people who have suffered all sorts of trauma and abuse in...

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