West Covina Elks

Creating Better Parent/Child Relationships

Be Available
You can't communicate if you're not there.

Listen and Hear
Pay attention to what your child is saying and feeling.

Be Open
Be honest about your feelings and expectations.

Stay Calm
Get hold of your emotions before talking.

Deal with Today
What happened in the past is not always pertinent to the problem today.

Encourage and Accept
Accept the person if not always the action.

No Attacking
Sarcasm and hostility have no place in mature communication.

No Mixed Messages
There is a time to correct and a time to praise.

No Nagging
It takes one to nag but two to communicate.

No Preaching or Moralizing
It won't get you anywhere.