Learning to Talk With Your Child Not at Them

A big part of a friendship is feeling safe with one another to express ourselves fully. This involves talking to our child about what they find to be important, whether they feel something is “good” or “bad”, and what they feel like doing. We can also ask our child how they feel in their bodies in various circumstances. We can ask them if their stomach feels relaxed or as though it is in knots. We can ask them if their heart is racing or if their neck feels tight. We can ask them what they think their body is trying to tell them.

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