How can I get my child to talk to me?
The most important thing you can do to encourage open communication is to be available for your child to talk to you. Children often want to talk at times that are inconvenient for adults, e.g. when you are reading the paper or trying to cook dinner, or when the phone is ringing. Stopping what you are doing, when possible, and giving your child your full attention will let your child know that you value what he/she has to say. Over time, your child should communicate more openly.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009