- Listen to your children. When your child is upset, take the time to listen to what they have to say. Don’t interrupt, and don’t try to solve their problem right away. Just let them know that you’re there for them and that you care about how they’re feeling.
- Be honest with your children. Don’t make promises you can’t keep, and don’t lie to your children. If you make a mistake, admit it. Honesty builds trust, and trust is essential for a strong parent-child relationship.
- Set limits. Children need limits in order to feel safe and secure. When you set limits, be clear about why you’re setting them and what the consequences will be if your child doesn’t follow them.
- Be respectful. Even when you’re disciplining your child, it’s important to be respectful. Don’t yell, name-call, or hit. Instead, use a calm, firm voice and explain why their behavior is unacceptable.
Ginott’s advice is timeless and still relevant today. If you’re looking for ways to improve your relationship with your child, I encourage you to read his books. They’re full of practical advice that can help you raise happy, healthy children.