The relationship I have with both my children I would say is good. We communicate well (most of the time), they listen to me (when they want or need to) and they co-operate (without me shouting). I enjoy watching them grow and develop their minds and I love the parent/child relationship we have. But not all parent/child relationships are easy and they all require a lot of hard work and time.
If you want to improve your relationship with your child why not try out the following:
1. Take time to talk daily about your child’s day. Listen when they are talking to you and show you are interested.
2. Set clear rules and boundaries together and let your child make a few up themselves. Talk about the consequences of rule breaking so your child knows what will happen if they do.
3. Recognise and acknowledge your child’s feelings and notice when their behaviour changes. Changes in behaviour mean they are feeling something (good or bad).
4. Give them responsibility for their age and praise them when they do something right or when they do something without asking.
5. Think about what and how you say things to them and prepare them for what is going to happen next, ‘In 10 minutes we will …..’
6. Be consistent. Having a stable routine and structure is key to a child’s life as it is to many of us.
Have you any more to add? If so, please leave a comment so we can share parenting ideas.