What are some good ways that I can communicate with my child in conversation to keep their attention?

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Noreb
February 7th, 2015 4:29pm
Look them in the eyes and speak on their level. Speak to them with respect. Speak to them, not at them. Quite often as parents it becomes a one sided conversation. While you are the parent and you do have the last word, make sure it is a real conversation with real dialogue. When kids feel like they have some input they will usually respond and pay attention better.
connect2STR
April 4th, 2015 7:49pm
Child like to learn and listen thinks that don't scare them. Try to be friend and talk about their friends, toons, favorite colors, don't try to ignore their creative though even though if they sounds silly and stupid. You become a child with them.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2015 3:40am
First you get down to their level and at the end of the conversation have them repeat it back to you in order to see if they were listening.
Anonymous - Expert in Parenting
May 16th, 2015 1:03am
Keep the conversation on their level. If you start to wonder in the conversation about things they don't understand, you'll lose their interest. Occasionally ask them questions during the conversation.
Anonymous
May 22nd, 2015 1:07pm
Use words that are age appropriate and keep sentences short and to the point so they Do not lose interest
wonderfullWillow66
June 17th, 2015 6:15pm
Smile a lot. Most children react well to not only being engaged verbally but also physically, so if it feels appropriate, try giving a hug or a small squeeze to the hand. Give them choices to allow them to feel that they are guiding the conversation without running away with it. Make faces. Being very expressive and engaged will keep them engaged as well.
Anonymous
June 23rd, 2015 10:36am
1. show that you agree with him, and suggest ideas or improvements in their plans. never criticize. 2. support them in anything hey wan to do....but tell them about the pros and cons. 3. always give him attention and time if you want it too. 4. be a good friend to him....not a serious parent. 5. make him understand....not scold or punish until its very serious.
Anonymous
September 8th, 2015 6:10am
The best way to keep a child engaged in conversation is to listen to and talk about what interests him.
LiveLoveLife19
November 15th, 2016 2:31pm
Talk about things that interest them. If you can see they don't feel comfortable speaking to you about something, rather don't bring it up as your child will get irritated. Don't force a conversation, sometimes your child make be under pressure or something. Don't pressurize them to speak to you. They will in their own time.
endearingLion70
April 2nd, 2018 9:26pm
If it is a very young child, keep the conversation short. Use words that a young child can understand.
sweetStar85
April 3rd, 2018 4:34pm
Ask open questions for example instead of did you have a good day at school ask what they did, this then makes them think of the days events rather than a simple yes or no answer
Candid0211
May 15th, 2018 9:09am
Ask a lot of open ended questions ; give examples from their experience; use your childhood experience to explain stuff both good and bad; share with them how your day went ...