Creating a safe, reciprocal and open relationship is one of the hardest tasks a parent and child can face together. But the key is to do it together.
What you can do
Be a positive role model and demonstrate appropriate communication patterns.
Play with them. Play according to their rules, allow them to lead and use their imagination. This type of play is critical in building caring, secure relationships between the parent and the child.
Educate them about gender roles, culture, religion, race and ethnicity in order to build trust, respect and open communication about important topics.
Teach them about safety, expectations and family rules.
Point out their creativity and positive behaviors. This will increase positive behaviors and create authentic self-esteem.
Develop rituals and special times focused on parent-child bonding time. Create “daddy and me” or “mommy and me” play times once a week or once every other week. Let them choose the activity and follow their lead.
Help them develop a sense of right and wrong. Talk about respectful behaviors and answer questions openly and honestly.
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